Thermal comfort assessment in a Dutch hospital setting – model applicability

E.M.M. Ottenheijm, M.G.L.C. Loomans, H.S.M. Kort, A. Trip

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Abstract

SUMMARY
Limited information is available on thermal comfort performance of the indoor environment in health care facilities both for staff and patients. Thermal comfort models such as Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) and Adaptive Thermal Comfort (ATC), have not been applied extensively for this setting. In this research these models have been tested. Thermal comfort perception and measurements have been performed in three hospital wards and over different seasons. Staff activity level was monitored in more detail to support the analysis. Results show large differences between PMV and AMV for staff members. ATC does not seem able to capture staff thermal comfort in detail. Better agreement is found for patients. To better align with the actual conditions and individualized activities in hospitals, reference to new biophysical thermal comfort models might be an interesting alternative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2016), 3-8 July 2016, Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University.
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2016
Event14th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2016), July 3-8, 2016, Ghent, Belgium - Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Duration: 3 Jul 20168 Jul 2016
http://www.indoorair2016.org/

Conference

Conference14th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate (Indoor Air 2016), July 3-8, 2016, Ghent, Belgium
Abbreviated titleIndoor Air 2016
CountryBelgium
CityGhent
Period3/07/168/07/16
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Keywords

  • Predicted Mean Vote
  • Adaptive Thermal Comfort
  • Cardiology ward
  • Rehabilitation ward

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