Balancing Comfort and Energy Use for Sustainable Buildings: Thermal Comfort Modeling using a Space-variant Manikin

Emmanuel O. B. Ogedengbe 1 * , Idris B. Seidu 1, Marc A. Rosen 2

European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, Volume 2, Issue 1, Article No: 07.

https://doi.org/10.20897/ejosdr/63225

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Abstract

To help balance comfort and energy use in residential, institutional and commercial buildings in order to make them more sustainable, a thermal comfort model is coupled with a computational fluid dynamic approach. The developed tool provides an effective tool for demand side management of energy use in buildings. The asymmetrical thermal environment in a university cafeteria building is modeled, and a two dimensional numerical simulation is prepared separately of the thermal sensation in the cafeteria. A finite volume formulation is used to provide the temperature distribution around a space-variant manikin, which is in turn utilized to determine the convective heat transfer coefficients for the simulation of thermal sensation around the manikin.

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sustainable building, thermal comfort, building energy use, finite volume method, convective heat transfer

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Ogedengbe, E. O. B., Seidu, I. B., and Rosen, M. A. (2018). Balancing Comfort and Energy Use for Sustainable Buildings: Thermal Comfort Modeling using a Space-variant Manikin. European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, 2(1), 07. https://doi.org/10.20897/ejosdr/63225

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