Adaptive thermal comfort in warm dry climate: Economical dwellings in Mexico

I. Marincic, J. M. Ochoa, M. G. Alpuche, G. GóMez-Azpeitia

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Adaptive models are based on the observation that there are some actions that people can and actually take to achieve the thermal comfort. Studies regarding to thermal comfort conditions in economical dwellings are carried out simultaneously in six cities of Mexico, corresponding to warm dry and warm humid climates. In this work, case studies of economical dwellings in Hermosillo city (Northwest Mexico), are presented and analyzed. Field surveys have been carried out to obtain information about the physical characteristics of the dwellings and their occupants, and the indoor thermal environment. Neutral temperature has been obtained from the applied survey. The high neutral temperature allows visualizing the effect of the adaptation mechanism of people to extreme climates. People comfort votes as a function of indoor air temperatures have been analyzed, evaluating separately different people characteristics, such as age, size and gender. The results show the variability of the neutral temperature and the tolerance to temperature changes, depending on the population specific characteristics. In many cases, in which the population do not have access to artificial acclimatization devices, the neutral temperature values can guide the architects for choosing the most suitable thermal strategies for buildings design.


ConferencePLEA 2009 - Architecture Energy and the Occupant's Perspective: Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
Period1/12/09 → …


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