Commercial Buildings

National Research Foundation of Korea
Development of a Global Thermal Comfort Data Base
(2012 - 2014)

Prof Richard de Dear, Prof Chungyoon Chun (Yonsei University), Prof Ed Arens (UC Berkeley)

DP120102761 – DVC Bridging Support
A New Paradigm of Human Thermal Perception for Green Buildings – Alliesthesia
(2012 - 2012)

Prof Richard de Dear, Dr Christhina Candido & Thomas Parkinson Prof Ed Arens & Dr Hui Zhang (UC Berkeley)

ndoor environment quality is currently rated in terms of how tightly temperatures are held around a theoretical optimum. This locks in energy-intensive designs with air conditioning typically accounting for up to half a commercial building’s greenhouse gas emissions. But recent evidence suggests some temperature variation can be perceived more favourably than predicted by current design tools. This project develops a fundamentally new comfort model – alliesthesia - in which certain kinds of indoor transients deliver thermal pleasure. A series of experiments with human subjects will provide the coefficients necessary to couple an alliesthesia comfort model to a multi-node physiological model intended as a design tool for green buildings.

ARC Linkage - LP110200328
Building Occupants Survey System for Australia - BOSSA
(2011 - 2014)

Prof Richard de Dear, Dr Christhina Candido, Craig Roussac, Jungsoo Kim & Thomas Parkinson Ms Leena Thomas (UTS) Industry Partners: Arup, Brookfield Multiplex, The GPT Group, Investa Property Group, Stockland Property Management. In-kind Support: National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)

Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) generates feedback on the performance of buildings from their occupants’ perspective. As an indoor environmental quality assurance process, POE accelerates diffusion of best design practices and minimises bad design recidivism. The Building Occupants Survey System for Australia - BOSSA - will be a POE system for Australia’s office buildings. As the BOSSA database grows with each additional building surveyed during this project, it will underpin an ongoing program of architectural science research aimed at improving occupant health, comfort and productivity outcomes from sustainable office buildings.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
Climate Works Foundation and Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Thermal Comfort Model Development for India Context

Prof Richard de Dear
Ms Leena Thomas (UTS)
Prof Rajan Rawal (CEPT University)

ARC Discovery - DP0880968
Comfort in Naturally Ventilated and Mixed-Mode Spaces within Air- Conditioned Offices

Prof Richard de Dear
A/Professor Scott Drake (University of Melbourne)

Residential Buildings

ARC Discovery Project –DP110105596
Field Survey of Residential Air Conditioning and Comfort in Australia
(2010 – 2013)

Prof Richard de Dear, Dr Christhina Candido & Thomas Parkinson
A/Professor Scott Drake (University of Melbourne)

Recent Australian Government policy initiatives to reduce national greenhouse emissions have targeted energy efficiency in the residential sector. Air conditioning represents one of the fastest growing electricity end-uses in the Australian residential sector. This project will be the first large-scale Australian study into thermal comfort and air conditioning in residential settings. Outcomes of this project will enable industry stakeholders to develop effective technical and regulatory approaches for reducing residential greenhouse gas contributions, and also provide observational data to develop strategies aimed at reducing peak demands placed on the national electricity grid by residential air conditioning.Click here to access the Mobile Comfort Survey.

Outdoor Comfort

The University of Hong Kong, Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research
An assessment of the impact of outdoor thermal perception and acceptability on visitors to Hong Kong.
(2011 – 2013)

Prof Richard de Dear
Dr Melissa Hart (University of Hong Kong)