Thermal Comfort

Title Abstract Publication Date
Out with the Old. Describes conventional and induction displacement ventilation in schools. The cost effectiveness, increased ventilation, and acoustical benefits are addressed, as are building and room design... 03/31/2010
Physical Environment and Middle Grade Achievement. This study measured the influence of air conditioning, carpeting, fluorescent lighting, and interior pastel coloring on the academic achievement of eighth grade Georgia pupils in 1975-76 when the... 12/31/1979
Planning for Positive Impact: Facility Design and Student Achievement. Briefly summarizes the findings of several recent studies indicating the effect on student achievement of school building condition, thermal factors, lighting , acoustics, school and class size, and... 03/31/2008
Practical Guide to HVAC for Schools Features six articles on heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems for schools. Examines how to avoid air temperature complaints when choosing a system; special system features; engineers,... 05/31/1998
Research Report on Effects of HVAC on Student Performance. Summarizes the results of a recent study to determine if increased outdoor air supply and lower classroom temperatures would improve student performance. The experimental approach and interventions... 09/30/2006
Rethinking Cooling Strategies. Advises on selecting replacement cooling equipment, which may mean re-examining cooling needs, replacement of single chillers with multiple units, and consideration of completely different cooling... 02/29/2008
Room Temperature and Its Impact on Student Test Scores. Tenth grade students from Westview High School in Portland, Oregon, decided to tackle the question of whether room temperature affects student performance. Their teachers and club advisors supervised... 12/31/2004
School Conditions Will Continue to Earn Failing Grades. This study addresses indoor air quality and general conditions problems in schools throughout the United States. Tools employed to investigate conditions include a nationwide, web-based survey,... 06/30/2006
School HVAC Design Manual. Provides a variety of HVAC solutions for classrooms. Indoor air quality, energy efficiency, unit ventilators, water source heat pumps, fan coil units, a variety central units, duct design, and... 12/31/2000
Student-Centered Sustainable Design. Discusses the prioritization of school sustainable design features that most directly impact occupant health and morale. These include indoor air quality, ventilation, thermal comfort, daylighting,... 12/31/2007
Study of the Relationship Between Air-Conditioned Classrooms and Student Achievement. Previous research on the effect air-conditioning has upon the well being and performance of students has produced some very positive results indicating there is a relationship between the thermal... 12/31/2010
TDV Improves Efficiency and Classroom Environment. Describes the benefits of thermal displacement ventilation (TDV), which delivers cool air just above the floor at a very low velocity, after which it falls toward the floor and spreads across the... 04/30/2008
Temperature and School Work Performance. Reports results of studies revealing the effect of too cool or too warm classrooms on student performance. Speed and accuracy of work were assessed and found to be affected differently. 12/31/2008
Temperature. A suitable physical climate is needed if one is to feel comfortable and to be efficient at work. The environment feels comfortable when one is barely aware of the climatic conditions. It is only when... 12/31/2006
Temporary Cooling, Long-Lasting Solutions. Advises on selecting and deploying emergency cooling, recommending that equipment be at least chosen, if not purchased, before the emergency. Types of coolers are described and capacity, vendor... 08/31/2008
The Air Down There. Defines displacement ventilation (DV) and describes its benefits to air quality, energy savings, noise control, and comfort. Also included is a comparison of DV to under-floor air distribution (UFAD... 06/30/2006
The Effects of Classroom Air Temperature and Outdoor Air Supply Rate on Performance of School Work by Children. A field intervention experiment was conducted in two classes of 10-year-old children. Average air temperatures were reduced from 23.6oC to 20oC and outdoor air supply rates were increased from 5.2 to... 07/31/2005
The Shape of Learning. Reviews physical and sensory needs for school interiors, including carbon dioxide reduction, access to water fountains, thermal comfort, and the color selection and placement. 02/29/2008
The Thermal Comfort Zone. Discusses the difficulty of achieving a unanimous perception of thermal comfort in a building, and the advantages of displacement ventilation in that endeavor. Advice on designing, computer modeling... 12/31/2009
Thermal Comfort in Japanese Schools 02/28/2003
Thermal Comparison between Ceiling Diffusers and Fabric Ductwork Diffusers for Green Buildings. Compares the performance of conventional ductwork with recent advancements in fabric-based ductwork. The article focuses on the transient behavior of an on/off control system, as well as the steady... 07/11/2011
Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. Specifies the combinations of indoor thermal environmental factors and personal factors that will produce thermal environmental conditions acceptable to a majority of occupants within a space. The... 12/31/2003
Underfloor Air Distribution 101. Describes underfloor air distribution (UFAD) systems, created under raised floors that also provide space for most other types of service distribution systems. Pressurized and zero-pressure floors... 12/31/2008
Underfloor Air: Better Models, Better Performance. Discusses a new whole-building simulation software tool from the U.S. Dept. Of Energy that designers can use to calculate the energy use of underfloor air distribution (UFAD) systems and compare... 05/31/2008
Validating Comfort Complaints with Data Loggers. Discusses us of data loggers to accurately assess thermal conditions in schools. Selection, installation, and data retrieval and analysis are covered. 06/30/2007