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Borgeson, S and Brager, G (2011) Comfort standards and variations in exceedance for mixed-mode buildings. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 33.

Cândido, C, Lamberts, R, de Dear, R, Bittencourt, L and de Vecchi, R (2011) Towards a Brazilian standard for naturally ventilated buildings: guidelines for thermal and air movement acceptability. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 145–53.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: adaptive comfort; air movement acceptability; design guidelines; natural ventilation; occupants; thermal comfort
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2011.557858
  • Abstract:
    The Brazilian Federal Government has been recently promoting energy-conservation initiatives, most notably the ‘Thermal Performance in Buildings – Brazilian Bioclimatic Zones and Building Guidelines for Low-Cost Housing’ and the ‘Federal Regulation for Voluntary Labelling of Energy Efficiency Levels in Commercial, Public and Service Buildings’. These new regulations provide information for designers based on Brazil's climate requirements, with specific advice related to lighting systems, HVAC and the thermal envelope of buildings. Nevertheless, requirements for naturally ventilated indoor environments appear as an open category without clear criteria. To address this, the paper proposes guidelines for naturally ventilated environments in which specific thermal and air movement acceptability goals must be achieved. The guidelines are based on results from field experiments in non-residential naturally ventilated buildings in different climatic zones as well as drawing on other studies. The proposed guidelines consider occupants' adaptive potential as well as thermal and air movement acceptability. Combining thermal acceptability with air movement acceptability is a key design challenge. Permissible operative temperature ranges are based on the ASHRAE 55 adaptive comfort standard, and minimum air velocity requirements within the occupied zone are specified. Considerations also included ‘active’ occupants and specific control over openings and fans.

de Dear, R (2011) Revisiting an old hypothesis of human thermal perception: alliesthesia. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 108–17.

Guo, K, Zhang, L and Wang, T (2021) Concession period optimisation in complex projects under uncertainty: a public–private partnership perspective. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 156–72.

Le, P L, Jarroudi, I, Dao, T and Chaabane, A (2021) Integrated construction supply chain: an optimal decision-making model with third-party logistics partnership. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 133–55.

Moezzi, M and Goins, J (2011) Text mining for occupant perspectives on the physical workplace. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 169–82.

Scharpff, J, Schraven, D, Volker, L, Spaan, M T J and de Weerdt, M M (2021) Can multiple contractors self-regulate their joint service delivery? A serious gaming experiment on road maintenance planning. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 99–116.

Strengers, Y and Maller, C (2011) Integrating health, housing and energy policies: social practices of cooling. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 154–68.

Wang, R, Lu, W and Wei, Y (2021) Owners’ use of contract-based power in construction project transactions: restrictions from process specificity and uncertainty. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 117–32.

Zhang, H, Arens, E and Pasut, W (2011) Air temperature thresholds for indoor comfort and perceived air quality. Building Research & Information, 39(02), 134–44.

Zhang, J and Yuan, X (2021) Stochastic modelling of maintenance flexibility in Value for Money assessment of PPP road projects. Construction Management and Economics, 39(02), 173–91.