Methodological framework for establishing a global database for outdoor thermal comfort survey: Progress of data acquisition and harmonisation
Refereed conference paper presented and published in conference proceedings

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AbstractStudies of subjective thermal comfort have been widely conducted in the urban environment in the last twenty years, covering different socio-economic, cultural and climatic regions. There are inconsistencies among protocols used due to constraints at field sites and the availability of instruments, making it difficult for inter-comparisons between studies and climatic regions, calibrations of thermal indices and a true understanding of people’s thermal perception in outdoor settings. There is a need for standardisation of methodology and guidance for conducting field surveys in outdoor spaces with implications to climate-sensitive urban design, public health measures and adaptation of humans to a changing climate. The paper presents the pilot stage of the research initiative of a global database of outdoor thermal comfort studies. The methodological framework of the research is described and the latest progress is reported in this paper. It compares the various components across the studies included and presents the initial results of the data harmonisation process. It also identifies the inconsistencies of the studies which will be addressed in the next stages. This forms the basis for the broader objectives of the development of the global database of outdoor thermal comfort studies
All Author(s) ListLau KKL, Kruger E
Name of ConferencePassive & Low Energy Architecture Conference 2020 (PLEA2020)
Start Date of Conference02/09/2020
End Date of Conference04/09/2020
Place of ConferenceA Coruna
Country/Region of ConferenceSpain
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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