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Thermal Comfort and Air Quality

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There is documented evidence that thermal comfort and air quality affect productivity in commercial and office buildings. People in economically developed countries spend at least 80% of their time indoors. Hence the indoor environment quality has a significant influence on comfort, health, and the sense of well-being. Even in developing countries, the usage air conditioning systems has increased considerably in the last few years. Growing affluence in these countries has resulted in higher expectations on the environment quality. The use of air conditioning has undoubtedly led to increasing the energy consumption of buildings and this has raised concerns related to environmental sustainability. Reducing the energy consumption without compromising occupant comfort is a goal that is of interest to researchers in both mechanical and civil engineering domains.

Several new technologies and methodologies have been proposed for reducing energy consumption and improving occupant comfort. Radiant cooling, desiccant dehumidification, heat recovery, geothermal systems, etc. are some examples. Theoretical and experimental studies have been conducted on the use of these systems in buildings. Subject studies have been performed for evaluating the perception of the users on the use of such systems and technologies. This is an active research area, considering the growing awareness of the issue of environmental sustainability.

Original research papers in the areas of thermal comfort and air quality are encouraged in this Research Topic. Both experimental and theoretical studies are welcome. New technologies and design options for improving thermal comfort and air quality, simulation models, assessment of these using subjective and objective measurements, etc. are some of the topics that could be included. Application oriented papers, strongly supported by fundamental science are encouraged. Performance parameters such as energy efficiency and occupant comfort are expected to be evaluated in these studies. Experimental design, sensor placement and data analytics related to measurement of indoor environment quality are also topics within the scope of this Research Topic.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

There is documented evidence that thermal comfort and air quality affect productivity in commercial and office buildings. People in economically developed countries spend at least 80% of their time indoors. Hence the indoor environment quality has a significant influence on comfort, health, and the sense of well-being. Even in developing countries, the usage air conditioning systems has increased considerably in the last few years. Growing affluence in these countries has resulted in higher expectations on the environment quality. The use of air conditioning has undoubtedly led to increasing the energy consumption of buildings and this has raised concerns related to environmental sustainability. Reducing the energy consumption without compromising occupant comfort is a goal that is of interest to researchers in both mechanical and civil engineering domains.

Several new technologies and methodologies have been proposed for reducing energy consumption and improving occupant comfort. Radiant cooling, desiccant dehumidification, heat recovery, geothermal systems, etc. are some examples. Theoretical and experimental studies have been conducted on the use of these systems in buildings. Subject studies have been performed for evaluating the perception of the users on the use of such systems and technologies. This is an active research area, considering the growing awareness of the issue of environmental sustainability.

Original research papers in the areas of thermal comfort and air quality are encouraged in this Research Topic. Both experimental and theoretical studies are welcome. New technologies and design options for improving thermal comfort and air quality, simulation models, assessment of these using subjective and objective measurements, etc. are some of the topics that could be included. Application oriented papers, strongly supported by fundamental science are encouraged. Performance parameters such as energy efficiency and occupant comfort are expected to be evaluated in these studies. Experimental design, sensor placement and data analytics related to measurement of indoor environment quality are also topics within the scope of this Research Topic.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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