Predictive model of thermal sensation for heating systems considering contact with the floor

Hirotaka Kubo, Shin Ichi Tanabe, Tomoyuki Yokoyama, Toshiaki Omori, Noboru Ohira, Ryuichi Tominaga, Takashi Akimoto

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Abstract

One of the main goals in recent building designs is to attain a more comfortable thermal indoor environment with minimal energy consumption. Because Japanese residents do not wear shoes indoors, the thermal effect of human contact with the floor is of particular importance. Thus, this study proposes a method to accurately estimate the thermal sensation humans experience upon contact with the floor. We developed a new predictive model based on the regression analysis of factors extracted from subjective testing and previous research. Our model effectively predicted human thermal sensation, but the equation didn't always showed high accuracy. As a result, there is likely room for improvement in the accuracy of the proposed equation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Pages1052-1057
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Event10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 - Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Duration: 2012 Jul 82012 Jul 12

Publication series

Name10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
Volume2

Other

Other10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane, QLD
Period12/7/812/7/12

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Keywords

  • Floor heating system
  • Heating systems
  • Predictive model
  • Subjective test
  • Thermal sensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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Kubo, H., Tanabe, S. I., Yokoyama, T., Omori, T., Ohira, N., Tominaga, R., & Akimoto, T. (2012). Predictive model of thermal sensation for heating systems considering contact with the floor. In 10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012 (pp. 1052-1057). (10th International Conference on Healthy Buildings 2012; Vol. 2).