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Air Flow and Thermal Comfort in an Educational Building
Emilia Targonska

Date: 2014-09-19 10:30 AM – 10:40 AM
Last modified: 2014-09-18


Educational buildings account for a large amount of UK’s non-industrial energy use, while EU set ambitious targets to reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions by 2020.  Thermal comfort in educational buildings is extremely important as it affects productivity of the staff and students. The aim of this research is to investigate thermal comfort and energy consumption in a lecture theatre with natural stack ventilation situated in an educational building. The research is motivated by higher than predicted energy consumption and complaints of the occupants regarding thermal discomfort. Thermal comfort assessment was conducted by physical parameters monitoring and survey questionnaires using Fanger’s approach. A model of the lecture theatre was created using IES-VE software to compare the actual and simulated energy consumption. The results from the experimental data show the dissatisfaction of the occupants could be caused by a high vertical air temperature difference between the head and ankles.