Skype Lecture On Thermal Comfort In Buildings

27 - Mar - 2019

In partnership with the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) in Austria, the IUG Architectural Engineering Department has held a Skype-scientific lecture with Prof. Mathias from (TU Wien), handling the topic of Thermal Comfort in local institutions' Buildings.

Prof. Mathias has clarified that there are universal standards for thermal comfort when designing buildings in terms of temperatures, moisture, the wind speed, and the temperature of surfaces inside buildings. He also mentioned that the USA and UK standards are much alike. However, the measurement of thermal comfort in buildings is somehow complicated as it's affected by environmental and personals factors. For instance, the gender, the activity, and movement, the age, the weight, the clothes, the health state of the persons all are playing a key role.

 He added that there is an American scholar called Fanga who has worked in 1970 on a model to measure the thermal comfort. The scholar conducted a questionnaire and distributed it between people of different conditions. He has managed to predict the percentage of people who would enjoy the thermal comfort in different places, taking into consideration the mentioned-above six factors which he has used in physics equations. He concluded that people who are enjoying thermal comfort reached 70%. More importantly, the highest percentage of thermal comfort would not surpass 95% due to different problems, while the discomfort can reach 100%.

The Skype-meeting lecture is part of a series of activities included in the Austrian APPEAR program funded by ADC to build the capacity of Gazans' local institutions in the sector of energy efficiency in buildings.  

The " Capacity Building for Energy-Efficient Buildings, CBEEB", funded by Appear and ADC, is an advanced academic partnership project between the Architectural Engineering Department at IUG and the Institute of Architectural Science at TU Wien in Austria. This project, which is a continuation of former (PEEB) project, aims at sharpening the practical skills of architects who are working in the local organizations.  CBEEB, in addition, offers a new building-design approach based on buildings' energy saving and utilizing natural energy resources in the Gaza strip. One of the project goals is to incorporate energy-efficient building design into IUG architectural curriculum's studying plan. Create IUG-TU Wien research cluster in the field of energy efficiency.

 The project was initiated as part of a drive to limit further deteriorations of living conditions in the Gaza Strip, which are influenced by a massive shortage of electricity. CBEEB Project started on 1st January 2018 and will end on 31st December 2019.