to hear the pain. Mr. Wonderful
and building codes have much in common
in that there is no sympathy or empathy
when it comes to discomfort complaints.
Building enclosures can fix this. So
start with the basics of thermal comfort,
enclosure performance, an introduction
to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal
Environmental Conditions for Human
Occupancy, and how this all fits into
energy conservation and the world of
Thermal comfort sits nicely within the
human sciences. It should be considered
as important as any other metric within
the study of ergonomics and human factor
design.4 To value this principle one must
appreciate the elegance, sophistication
and simplicity of the physiological and
psychological systems enabling people to
sense and perceive their surroundings (aka
The Coles Notes version is: each of
us have well over 150,000 thermal
receptors in our skin (and some in the
brain) forming part of what is called the
Based on rates
of temperature change sensed in the
dermis layer, these receptors send a DNA
programmed signal synapsed through
our nervous system to our thalamus and
hypothalamus. The former your very own
biological traffic the latter
your personal pharmacist dispensing
chemical relays in the form of hormones
an integral part of the endocrine system.
FIGURE 2: THIS IS ACTUALLY WHAT OCCURS. GOOD ENCLOSURES FIX A LOT OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENS WITH
When we sense temperature it is done
below consciousness but perceived
consciously in the parietal lobe within the
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