Another individual in any particular environment, which allows

Another aspect that makes the personal factors very
difficult to predict and is becoming more prevalent in modern construction is
the need for multi-purpose buildings. Multi-propose buildings have become
attractive as they offer a much larger target of use and much higher revenue in
most cases. In modern construction for example, many cinemas are now being
built with the tools needed to hold professional meetings. This makes it much
more difficult to determine the personal factors as the building may be used
for differing functions meaning that the work rate and clothing of its users
also vary. Someone eating popcorn in comfortable clothes may experience a
differing level of thermal comfort than a professional in a suit having to talk
loudly for prolonged periods of time. After all, the more we insulate ourselves
through clothing and increase our work rate the more we naturally produce heat
in our bodies which could be crucial in thermal comfort. 

 

 

Given all the information provided, we can now go back and
re-evaluate the original statement that human thermal comfort is ultimately
dependent upon six simple parameters that can be measured and assessed for any
individual in any particular environment, which allows us to design buildings
within which all occupants will be thermally comfortable. From the evidence it
is clear that measuring the human thermal comfort level is a simple process, in
most cases all that’s required is to ask the individuals using the area or just
experience it for yourself. Simply asking whether the air feels hot or cold can
quickly establish what changes must be made. If people are complaining about
the heat, then perhaps it’s time to turn down the radiator and open a window,
if you can. 

But if every individual in the same area is experiencing
differing levels of human thermal comfort, then any change will surely affect
someone else’s thermal comfort in a negative way. This may be because some had
breakfast and some didn’t, some walked to the location and some didn’t or maybe
just because they arrived at differing times. The environmental factors far
outweigh the personal factors and if all of those factors are maintained and
monitored then the human thermal comfort levels should remain at a high
standard. So in conclusion, yes, human thermal comfort is ultimately dependent
on six parameters, four basic, assessable, easily measurable factors along with
two impossible to assess, impossible to manage factors. This allows us to
design buildings within which most occupants will be thermally comfortable.