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Thermal Comfort and Energy Use in UK School Buildings

Saadia Barbhuiya 1, Salim Barbhuiya 1, and Hamid Nikraz 2
1. School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, LE11 3QG, United Kingdom.
2. Department of Civil Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, WA 6845, Australia.

Abstract—This paper presents the results of an investigation on the effects of making changes to the design parameters of a generic school building. The design options are evaluated in order to study the performance of the building in terms of thermal comfort and energy use using two interventions under different climatic conditions (London and Stockholm). The building simulation is carried out using the IES software package and the thermal comfort metrics as defined in CIBSE Guide A. The summertime comfort and overheating have been evaluated on the basis of Building Bulletin - BB101. The findings demonstrate that combination of various design parameters can help in reducing the effects of overheating in both the climates

Index Terms—Thermal comfort, consumption, building simulation, overheating

Cite: Saadia Barbhuiya, Salim Barbhuiya, and Hamid Nikraz, "Thermal Comfort and Energy Use in UK School Buildings," International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 1-16, February 2013.