Age-Related Thermal Comfort in a Science Museum with Hot–Humid Climate in Summer

  • Pengnan Li
  • Ye LiuEmail author
  • Jianfei Dong
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


This paper aims to investigate the age-related individual differences of thermal comfort in a science museum, which located in South China, a city with hot–humid climate in summer. Environmental parameters were measured in the field study as well as questionnaires and interviews. The results showed that the occupants’ metabolic rate in the surveyed science museum was higher than that in normal buildings and the adults (above 20 years old) chose lighter activities than the youth (20 years old and younger). The tendency of values growing with the age growth existed in both the highest upper limit of comfortable temperature and acceptable temperature. The adults had a higher values in the neutral temperature (25.45 °C), a higher upper limit of comfortable temperature (28.61 °C), and acceptable temperature (32.7 °C) than the youth, while the youth had a narrower comfortable temperature range (22.83–27.24 °C). Furthermore, the elder adults also showed a stronger adaptability and resistance to the warm environment. This study provides references for environmental design and energy conservation of science museums.


Thermal comfort Age-related individual differences Metabolic rate 



The project was financially funded by the National Key Program of China (Number 2016YFC 0700100) and National Natural Science Foundation (Number 51378215).

Clarification The data in this study are anonymized for the questionnaire.

Informed consent Informed consent was obtained from all individual occupants in the study.

Permissions Appropriate permissions from museum authorities for using ‘Sichuan Science Museum’ were obtained for study on age-related thermal comfort in Sichuan Science Museum.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Architecture, South China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.College of Environmental Design, University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Subtropical Building ScienceSouth China University of TechnologyGuangzhouChina
  4. 4.School of Architecture, Harbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinChina

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