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What is 'Thermal Comfort'?

Why does the phrase 'Thermal Comfort' mean? Thermal Comfort is a range of temperature which humans typically feel comfortable. But what does it involve and how can we design houses to be thermally comfortable?

Thermal comfort is a key consideration in building design and creating healthy indoor environments. Understanding the principles of thermal comfort is essential to ensure that occupants are comfortable, productive, and healthy. The principles of thermal comfort include air temperature, radiant temperature, air velocity, humidity, clothing, and activity level. By maintaining a temperature range of 20-26°C, ensuring the temperature of surrounding surfaces is close to body temperature, providing adequate ventilation, managing humidity levels, considering clothing preferences, and adjusting the environment based on the level of physical activity, we can create indoor spaces that promote well-being and comfort. As we navigate new challenges related to indoor air quality and health, it's more important than ever to prioritize thermal comfort in our building design. In Australia, we have different NatHERS software to run these numbers for us. Whether we need a NatHERS certificate for regulatory purposes or if we are trying to increase the thermal comfort of the dwelling, we at Wollongong Energy Efficiency are here to help with your thermal comfort needs. For more information on how to achieve a thermally comfortable home, please contact us. We can provide NatHERS Certificates and BASIX Certificates to meet minimum standards. We can also provide information on how to get a better star rating on your NatHERS certificate so your home will become more comfortable without the use of heaters in the winter and air conditioning in the summer.

Thermal Comfort Design Principles


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