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Tune into the Edifice Complex Podcast by host Adam Muggleton and Robert Bean

Using ASHRAE Standard 55 to Identify Thermal Discomfort Probabilities Due to Enclosure Design
Hosted by  Passive House Northwest and Northwest EcoBuilding Guild

Abstract: Next to sound, thermal discomfort is the second leading occupant complaint due to flawed indoor climates. The culprits are building codes and enclosure designs followed by poor HVAC solutions. This presentation will provide the background in thermal comfort science and Standards concluding with a case study using the ASHRAE 1383 Tool to show Standard 55 non-compliance/compliance based on enclosure design and choices in HVAC systems.

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Spreadsheet for calculating inside surface temperatures

Additional Resources:

Meeting the Need for Lifetime Housing
The Interaction and Connection between Buildings, HVAC System, and Indoor Environmental Quality
Human Factors in HVAC: Thermal Comfort and Indoor Air Quality for Lifetime Housing
Aging: Thermal Regulation and Indoor Air Quality Resources/Citations for an Elderly Population


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