Comparative Study on Thermal Sensation and Skin Temperature Passing Different Transitional Spaces with or without Air-Conditioning in a Shopping Mall

  • Jie HanEmail author
  • Wenheng Zheng
  • Rong Hu
  • Zhihong Yang
  • Guoqiang Zhang
  • Per Heiselberg
  • David Hou Chi Chow
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


What is the difference between the thermal sensation and skin temperature in transitional spaces with or without air-conditioning? Is it necessary to have intensive air-conditioning in transitional spaces of southern China? In order to answer these questions, this paper presents a comparative study performed in a selected shopping mall with two transitional spaces–one with air-conditioning, the other without. The results show that the thermal sensation and skin temperature is different due to the presentation of air-conditioning. It also indicates that air- conditioning for the transitional spaces is needed in southern China. Meanwhile, the study involves continuous measurements of the skin temperature of twenty students while they simultaneously filled out a questionnaire. When subjects passing these two transitional spaces, different skin temperatures and its variation rates result in inconsistent thermal sensation. However, there was a linear relationship between the thermal sensation and the variation rate of mean skin temperature was obtained. These findings can provide valuable information for a good guide to air-conditioning design in transitional spaces.


Transitional spaces Air-conditioning Thermal sensation 



The project is supported by Natural Science Foundation of Guangxi (No. 2018GXNSFAA281212) and Joint Cultivation Fund of Guangxi (No. 2018GXNSFAA138071), Demonstration and Research on Key Technologies of Low Carbon Green Intelligent Zone in Guilin City (No. 20180107-2). Thank Dr. Leixing Ouyang and Ms. Vivi to improve English writing of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jie Han
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Wenheng Zheng
    • 1
  • Rong Hu
    • 1
  • Zhihong Yang
    • 2
  • Guoqiang Zhang
    • 2
  • Per Heiselberg
    • 3
  • David Hou Chi Chow
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Architecture and Transportation EngineeringGuilin University of Electronic TechnologyGuilinChina
  2. 2.College of Civil EngineeringHunan UniversityChangshaChina
  3. 3.Department of Civil EngineeringAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  4. 4.Sustainability, Complexity and Uncertainty in Building Assessment (SCUBA) Group, School of ArchitectureUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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