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Adaptative comfort criteria must be adopted whenever possible when applying nZEB!
December 21, 2015

Adaptative comfort criteria must be adopted whenever possible when applying nZEB!

Adaptation from ISO 7730:2005 (E) states the following: In determining the acceptable range of operative temperature according to this International Standard, a clothing insulation value that corresponds to the local clothing habits and climate shall be used.

In warm or cold environments, there can often be an influence due to adaptation. Apart form clothing, other forms of adaptation, such as body posture and decreased activity, which are difficult to quantify, can result in the acceptance of higher indoor temperatures. People used to working and living in warm climates can more easily accept and maintain a higher work performance in hot environments than those living in colder climates (see ISO 7933 and ISO 7243).

Extended acceptable environments may be applied for occupant-controlled, naturally conditioned, spaces in warm climate regions or during warm periods, where the thermal conditions of the space are regulated primarily by the occupants through the opening and closing of windows. Field experiments have shown that occupants of such buildings could accept higher temperatures than those predicted by the PMV. In such cases, the thermal conditions may be designed for higher PMV values than those given in Clause 6 and Annex A.