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
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1 University of Lagos, Akoka-Yaba, Lagos, NIGERIA2 University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA* Corresponding Author


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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Article Type: Research Article

EUR J SUSTAIN DEV RES, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2018, Article No: 07

Publication date: 30 Jan 2018

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