Thermal comfort in air conditioned office buildings in the tropics

Richard J. de Dear*, Marc E. Fountain

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This paper summarizes the key findings of ASHRAE research project RP-702, a field investigation of indoor climates and occupant comfort in 12 air conditioned office buildings in Townsville, located in Australia's tropical north. Through a laboratory - grade instrumentation, a full set of physical indoor climatic measurements was provided. In addition, detailed estimates of each building occupant's metabolism and clothing insulation were given. The physical environmental results are then compared with ASHRAE standard 55 - 1992 prescriptions and the subjective data on thermal acceptability are compared with laboratory - based comfort models and standards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-18
Number of pages5
JournalAIRAH journal
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1994


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