Thermal comfort analysis in a historical building library in Florence, Italy: A case study

Domenico Iatauro, Gaetano Fasano, Ersilia Marinelli, Michele Zinzi

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Abstract

This paper describes a monitoring campaign run in an university campus library in Florence, Italy. It was set up since a number of building occupants had complained about the indoor thermal conditions, although the high energy consumption for the building air-conditioning. The monitoring, performed in winter and summertime, aimed at giving a quantitative answer to the latter question and at better understanding the functioning of the energy systems. The building was equipped with a number of sensors, placed to cover the built environment as uniform as possible. Measured data were compared with standard reference values and used to calculate the thermal comfort indicators. The results stressed strong anomalies respect to the design conditions, with implications on the energy systems efficiency and management. The thermal comfort analysis also stressed how a global indicator, like PMV, may not adequately consider discomfort conditions due to some combination of air temperature and relative humidity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009 - , United States
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …

Conference

Conference9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009
CountryUnited States
Period1/1/09 → …

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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Iatauro, D., Fasano, G., Marinelli, E., & Zinzi, M. (2009). Thermal comfort analysis in a historical building library in Florence, Italy: A case study. Paper presented at 9th International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition, HB 2009, United States.