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Applicability of different adaptive thermal comfort standards in Taiwan

Hwang Rueylung;Shih Wenmei;United University;  
Examines the applicability of international standards ASHRAE 55and EN 15251in Taiwan based on the database developed from field thermal comfort studies in Taiwan.The comparison results between measured and calculated values indicate that,for the upper limit of indoor comfort temperature in hot season,the calculated values according to EN 15251are close to the measured ones,but those according to ASHRAE 55are much lower;and that the calculated lower limits of indoor comfort temperature in cold season are higher than the measured ones for both standards.Concludes that local inhabitants in Taiwan that living in hot-humid areas have stronger adaptabilities to cold and hot environments and wider comfort ranges than those specified by the current international standards.
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