The Dynamics and Mechanism of Human Thermal Adaptation in Building Environment

A Glimpse to Adaptive Thermal Comfort in Buildings

  • Maohui Luo

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

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About this book


This book focuses on human adaptive thermal comfort in the building environment and the balance between reducing building air conditioning energy and improving occupants’ thermal comfort. It examines the mechanism of human thermal adaptation using a newly developed adaptive heat balance model, and presents pioneering findings based on an on online survey, real building investigation, climate chamber experiments, and theoretical models. The book investigates three critical issues related to human thermal adaptation: (i) the dynamics of human thermal adaptation in the building environment; (ii) the basic rules and effects of human physiological acclimatization and psychological adaptation; and (iii) a new, adaptive, heat balance model describing behavioral adjustment, physiological acclimatization, psychological adaptation, and physical improvement effects. Providing the basis for establishing a more reasonable adaptive thermal comfort model, the book is a valuable reference resource for anyone interested in future building thermal environment evaluation criteria.


Building Environment Adaptive Thermal Comfort Thermal Expectation Physiological Acclimation Psychological Adaptation

Authors and affiliations

  • Maohui Luo
    • 1
  1. 1.Tongji UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Tsinghua University Press and Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-15-1164-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-15-1165-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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