Thermal environment

Alternate Term Label:
Indoor thermal environment
Thermal comfort

School microclimates

Based on empirical data collections, this report provides more than twenty practical recommendations on how to reduce the impacts of outdoor heat.
Journal article

Numerical simulation study of BIPV/T double-skin facade for various climate zones in Australia: effects on indoor thermal comfort

Maintaining indoor thermal comfort is crucial for the health and productivity of building occupants. Building envelope plays a major role in influencing the impact of outdoor climate and controlling the indoor thermal conditions.
Journal article

An evolutionary approach to single-sided ventilated façade design

A significant portion of the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions of residential buildings in Australia is associated with energy consumption for comfort and health.
Journal article

Evaluating the cooling effects of green infrastructure: a systematic review of methods, indicators and data sources

Highlights 165 studies from 2010 to 2017 investigating the cooling effects of green infrastructure were systematically reviewed. Studies were analysed for their spatial patterns, investigation period, typologies studied and methodological aspects. Five major gaps in the literature were identified. Research opportunities for future development were...
Journal article

The influence of design and everyday practices on individual heating and cooling behaviour in residential homes

Emerging results from practice-based research demonstrate that energy efficient houses often do not meet theoretical energy use based on the current standards of residential buildings. A factor influencing this inconsistency is related to user behaviour and everyday practices. The objective of this research is to...

Cooling the commons

This pilot study reviewed factors that combine to produce urban heating in Sydney’s rapidly developing urban fringe and key socio-environmental issues such as the health effects of periods of extreme heat and the loss of shading and cooling effects as the tree canopy is further...
Conference paper

Enhancing thermal comfort and indoor air quality in Australian school classrooms

This paper illustrates the outcome of a field study on air quality and ventilation conducted in secondary school classrooms in Sydney, Australia, during the school year in 2018/2019.

Improving the thermal performance of dwellings for carbon positive and healthy homes

Energy consumption in the building sector is significant as people are spending a considerable amount of time indoors. The share of the residential sector’s energy consumption is around 11% of the total energy consumed in Australia to fulfil household energy requirements. The largest share of...

Advanced hybrid ventilation systems for schools

This project investigates hybrid solutions using enhanced ventilation in order to achieve indoor comfort conditions, reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, and finally test it in a selected school building located in Sydney, which co-funded this project. In order to achieve this objective, the following...

Preliminary design of a smart climatic road in Phillip St. Parramatta

The present study is aiming to pre-design and optimize a smart climatic street in Parramatta, named Phillip st., exhibiting high climatic, environmental, and energy performance. The specific objective of the study is to propose, investigate, and optimize the combination of advanced thermal mitigation and smart...