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Drivers of diversity in human thermal perception – A review for holistic comfort models

Schweiker, Marcel 1; Huebner, Gesche M.; Kingma, Boris R. M.; Kramer, Rick; Pallubinsky, Hannah
1 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Understanding the drivers leading to individual differences in human thermal perception has become increasingly important, amongst other things due to challenges such as climate change and an ageing society. This review summarizes existing knowledge related to physiological, psychological, and context-related drivers of diversity in thermal perception. Furthermore, the current state of knowledge is discussed in terms of its applicability in thermal comfort models, by combining modelling approaches of the thermoneutral zone (TNZ) and adaptive thermal heat balance model (ATHB). In conclusion, the results of this review show the clear contribution of some physiological and psychological factors, such as body composition, metabolic rate, adaptation to certain thermal environments and perceived control, to differences in thermal perception. However, the role of other potential diversity-causing parameters, such as age and sex, remain uncertain. Further research is suggested, especially regarding the interaction of different diversity-driving factors with each other, both physiological and psychological, to help establishing a holistic picture.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000087420
Veröffentlicht am 13.11.2018
DOI: 10.1080/23328940.2018.1534490
Zitationen: 94
Zitationen: 100
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut Entwerfen und Bautechnik (IEB)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2332-8940, 2332-8959
KITopen-ID: 1000087420
Erschienen in Temperature
Verlag Taylor and Francis
Band 5
Heft 4
Seiten 308-342
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 27.10.2018
Schlagwörter Thermal comfort, age, sex, body composition, metabolic rate, perceived control, psychology, non-uniform environments, transient effects, comfort model
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