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Brager, G, Zhang, H and Arens, E (2015) Evolving opportunities for providing thermal comfort. Building Research & Information, 43(03), 274-87.

de Dear, R, Kim, J, Candido, C and Deuble, M (2015) Adaptive thermal comfort in Australian school classrooms. Building Research & Information, 43(03), 383-98.

Farnham, C, Emura, K and Mizuno, T (2015) Evaluation of cooling effects: outdoor water mist fan. Building Research & Information, 43(03), 334-45.

  • Type: Journal Article
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  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2015.1004844
  • Abstract:
    Evaporative spray cooling systems can be used to provide thermal relief on hot days, even in a subtropical climate such as in Japan. An experiment combining a water mist spray with a fan was conducted to cool an outdoor space and ascertain the comfort of 141 participants on hot summer days. Each participant was surveyed for 'thermal sensation', 'general comfort' and 'feeling of wettedness' and skin temperature was measured before and after entering a mist. To characterize more directly the cooling effect of this particular mist system, a dry silicone rubber skin analogue including embedded heat flux sensors was heated to near-body temperature to measure the near-surface heat flux due to natural convection, forced convection by the fan alone, and the fan and mist together. It was found that the cooling effect of the mist and fan combination is highly efficient and easily exceeds the thermal load of pedestrians, yielding nearly instant decreases in skin temperature. Such outdoor technology has potential to reduce heat stress and discomfort, particularly at large outdoor events and festivals. It could also reduce the required cooling loads within individual buildings by providing inhabitants with thermal relief outdoors.

Gauthier, S and Shipworth, D (2015) Behavioural responses to cold thermal discomfort. Building Research & Information, 43(03), 355-70.

Hellwig, R T (2015) Perceived control in indoor environments: a conceptual approach. Building Research & Information, 43(03), 302-15.

Mavrogianni, A, Taylor, J, Davies, M, Thoua, C and Kolm-Murray, J (2015) Urban social housing resilience to excess summer heat. Building Research & Information, 43(03), 316-33.

Parkinson, T and de Dear, R (2015) Thermal pleasure in built environments: physiology of alliesthesia. Building Research & Information, 43(03), 288-301.

Teli, D, James, P A B and Jentsch, M F (2015) Investigating the principal adaptive comfort relationships for young children. Building Research & Information, 43(03), 371-82.

Verhaart, J, VeselĂ˝, M and Zeiler, W (2015) Personal heating: effectiveness and energy use. Building Research & Information, 43(03), 346-54.