An updated tool provides a user-friendly interface to predict thermal comfort, based on the association’s standard for thermal environmental conditions. The Thermal Comfort Tool, Version 2, maintains consistency with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2010, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. The standard specifies the combinations of indoor thermal environmental factors and personal factors that will produce thermal environmental conditions acceptable to a majority of the occupants within the space. The tool makes thermal comfort predictions using several existing thermal comfort models, including the Adaptive and Predicted Mean Vote (PMV) models. Inclusion of these models can potentially improve occupant comfort by allowing engineers to more easily fine-tune their comfort analysis to the particular needs of the occupants in the building. According to the association, the software allows the user to calculate the predicted thermal comfort for a human at a point in space.

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers

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