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Thermal Comfort

“Thermal Comfort is that condition of mind which expresses satisfaction with the thermal environment” [ASHRAE standard 55]

Image illustrating the Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) scale

DesignBuilder can be used to evaluate thermal comfort based on various predictive models. The most frequently used models are ASHRAE adaptive comfort or Predicted Mean Vote (PMV).

Thermal comfort can be evaluated for different zones in a building by using DesignBuilder software to control or calculate the different parameters. This is a powerful scientific method for proving which times of year will be most comfortable and what design options will work the best to reduce uncomfortable hours.

Effect of HVAC systems on PMV

The above example shows the small expected compromise in indoor comfort when considering use of a sustainable passive design option.

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