Adaptive Comfort Models Applied to Existing Dwellings in Mediterranean Climate Considering Global Warming
|Sánchez García, Daniel
Rubio Bellido, Carlos
Pulido Arcas, Jesús Alberto
Guevara García, Francisco Javier
|Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Construcciones Arquitectónicas II (ETSIE)
|Comfort analysis of existing naturally ventilated buildings located in mild climates, such
as the ones in the Mediterranean zones, offer room for a reduction in the present and future energy
consumption. Regarding Spain, ...
Comfort analysis of existing naturally ventilated buildings located in mild climates, such as the ones in the Mediterranean zones, offer room for a reduction in the present and future energy consumption. Regarding Spain, most of the present building stock was built before energy standards were mandatory, let alone considerations about global warming or adaptive comfort. In this context, this research aims at assessing adaptive thermal comfort of inhabitants of extant apartments building in the South of Spain per EN 15251:2007 and ASHRAE 55-2013. The case study is statistically representative housing built in 1973. On-site monitoring of comfort conditions and computer simulations for present conditions have been carried out, clarifying the degree of adaptive comfort at present time. After that, additional simulations for 2020, 2050, and 2080 are performed to check whether this dwelling will be able to provide comfort considering a change in climate conditions. As a result, the study concludes that levels of adaptive comfort can be considered satisfactory at present time in these dwellings, but not in the future, when discomfort associated with hot conditions will be recurrent. These results provide a hint to foresee how extant dwellings, and also dwellers, should adapt to a change in environmental conditions.
|Sánchez García, D., Rubio Bellido, C., Pulido Arcas, J.A., Guevara García, F.J. y Canivell, J. (2018). Adaptive Comfort Models Applied to Existing Dwellings in Mediterranean Climate Considering Global Warming. Sustainability, 10 (10), 3507.