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Thermal Comfort

INTENT

The WELL feature requires projects to monitor thermal comfort parameters using sensors in their buildings that can be used as feedback for building managers and users to take appropriate actions.

 

BACKGROUND

Thermal comfort standards utilize a model that provides a means of predicting whether humans in a mechanically conditioned space will be satisfied with the thermal environment based on six core parameters: air temperature, humidity, air movement, mean radiant temperature of surrounding surfaces, metabolic rate and clothing insulation. Achieving thermal satisfaction among people requires some level of control over thermal comfort parameters in any given environment.

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Building HVAC systems should be designed to monitor and control for variations in indoor air temperature, mean radiant temperature, relative humidity and air movement. Thermal comfort monitoring can help building users to be aware of and promptly fix any deviations in thermal comfort metrics.

These measures by themselves will not resolve the issue of potential thermal discomfort, but they certainly raise awareness and are an important first step toward a solution. In addition to have us install calibrated sensors, the positioning of the sensors play an important role in the accurate assessment of the thermal environment. We can work with you at the design stage to make sure sensors are situated in the areas that meet the WELL standard.  Using our S.U.N platform and a carefully created algorithm you will be able to create a bespoke HVAC strategy. This allows automation of set points in 'Zoned' areas. These settings can be adjusted at an occupier level via our app for pre-determined funtionality. The occupier settings, for example can be pre-set to fall within the WELL requirements for end user adjustment.  

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