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ISBN : 978-1-56700-517-2 (Flash drive)

5-6th Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference (TFEC)
2021, 26–28 May , Virtual

EFFECT OF OCCUPANTS ACOUSTIC COMFORT ON ENERGY CONSUMPTION OF BUILDING SYSTEMS

Get access pages 1195-1198
DOI: 10.1615/TFEC2021.nbe.032539

Abstract

This study focuses on the effect of acoustics on human comfort and building energy consumption due to cooling needs. From past studies, it has been known that energy consumption can be reduced by adopting passive building designs such as natural ventilation and operable windows. This will allow free air to circulate and cool the environment naturally, for example, during the part of cooling season when weather is subject to large diurnal temperature variation. However, this type of system may have negative effects in the urban setting where external environmental noises may reach uncomfortable levels. In many large urban centers like Chicago, New York City, Shanghai, Tokyo and Mumbai, medium and high-rise residential buildings and hotels represent significant part of population density. By quantifying the significance of acoustic comfort as part of human comfort in build environments, the benefit or the limitation of passive cooling and the impact to building energy consumption can be better understood.
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