Thermal comfort and ventilation criteria for low energy residential buildings in building codes

Guangyu Cao, Jarek Kurnitski, Hazim Awbi, Tine Steen Larsen, Per Heiselberg, Rita Streblow, Jensen Zhang, Atila Novoselac, Miimu Airaksinen

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Indoor environmental quality and energy performance of buildings are becoming more and more important in the design and construction of low energy, passive and zero energy buildings. At the same time, improved insulation and air tightness have the potential to resulting in a deterioration of the indoor air quality in such buildings. Currently, there are no global guidelines for specifying the indoor thermal environment in such low-energy buildings. The objective of this paper is to analyse the classification of indoor thermal comfort levels and recommended ventilation rates for different low energy buildings, and propose a set of indices that would enable better quantification and comparison among low energy buildings. In this study, the building codes and voluntary guidelines have been reviewed on the basis of experience of Finland, UK, Denmark, USA and Germany. The analysis in this paper will be based on the international standard ISO 7730 and EN 15251 in comparisons with other national building codes or standards.
Translated title of the contributionTermisk komfort og ventilationskriterier for lavenergibyggeri i nationale bygningsreglementer
Original languageEnglish
Publication dateJul 2012
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
EventHealthy Buildings 2012 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 8 Jul 201212 Jul 2012


ConferenceHealthy Buildings 2012

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