Capabilities and limitations of thermal models for use in thermal comfort standards

Summary

Explores the factors that need to be considered in using thermal models of the human body and the body-environment interaction in thermal comfort standards. Discusses several models and uses them as examples. Notes the common aspects of all thermal models used for thermal comfort predictions and notes three important limitations: 1) the need to precisely and unequivocally define the model, 2) the need to carefully and precisely limit the model to the conditions for which it has been demonstrated to provide accurate results and 3) the model is no better than the inputs to it.

Primary Author(s): Jones B W

Source: Energy Bldgs., July 2002, vol.34, no.6, 653-659, 5 figs, 11 refs.

             BSRIA Abstract Doc 000103623 Abs 20020657

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