This research project aims at the development of a new holistic model of thermal comfort and productivity in the office environment by implementing the thermal background and behavioural actions of an individual human being and considering the human-body exergy-consumption rate. The focus will be on summer conditions and the expected results are a theoretical model together with algorithms to be used for simulation purposes. The objectives of this proposal will be reached by an interdisciplinary approach, i.e. by a strong cooperation with researchers with experience in studies on occupant behaviour as well as health and psychological aspects of thermal comfort. Furthermore, this project will be conducted in close cooperation with scientists from the former Japanese host due to their deep experience and knowledge in exergy analysis.
With regard to the methodology applied, the objective will be reached by human data collection of physiological and behavioural reactions to distinctive thermal conditions together with the perceived thermal comfort in climate chamber experiments as well as field studies. A detailed understanding and the ability to predict the expected thermal comfort and productivity of an office worker together with the energy used for an existing or projected building must be crucial for a higher quality of life for the office worker, reduced costs for the entrepreneur and a reduced energy demand and CO2-emissions from the building sector. In addition, this will lead to further technological and conceptual advancements within the construction industry and the architectural and interior design field. Therefore, this project will result in a higher satisfaction of EU office workers, an increased productivity of EU based companies, while achieving the set goals for CO2-emission reduction more easily. Furthermore, this project facilitates the researcher the reintegration and increase the chances to start a successful research career in the EU.
Start Date: 2011-04-01 End Date: 2015-02-28 EU Contribution: 97 916 Euro Total Costs: 97 916 Euro Programme Acronym: FP7-People Subprogramme Area: FP7-PEOPLE-2009-RG Marie Curie Action: "Reintegration Grants"