Enhancing occupants’ thermal comfort in buildings by applying solar-powered techniques

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Irfeey, Abdul Munaf Mohamed ORCID: 0000-0002-5147-6709, Jamei, Elmira ORCID: 0000-0002-4270-0326, Chau, Hing-Wah ORCID: 0000-0002-3501-9882 and Ramasubramanian, Brindha (2023) Enhancing occupants’ thermal comfort in buildings by applying solar-powered techniques. Architecture, 3 (2). pp. 213-233. ISSN 2673-8945


As most people spend their days indoors, it is indeed important that buildings provide residents with a higher standard of health, convenience, and safety. As a result, many practices are implemented into buildings to improve the comfort of occupants, particularly thermal comfort; nevertheless, the energy required to run and maintain these applications is a significant constraint. Renewable energy sources offer alternative solutions to energy demand problems, and selecting the best renewable energy sources is crucial. In this article, we examine the health and well-being advantages to the occupants, as well as the surrounding environment, of a variety of novel strategies that may be integrated into buildings to increase occupants’ thermal comfort for conventional practices using solar power. The key discoveries explored in this article include daylighting, passive ventilation, thermal applications, cooling applications, and power generation. For this, the information was gathered by a systematic review of the relevant prior literature. In addition, the detrimental effects of existing practices on the health and well-being of residents and the environment are included. While there are still some practical obstacles to overcome in the extraction of solar energy, the technology exists. Potential future obstacles to the broad acceptance and usage of solar energy systems in buildings are highlighted, as well as possible solutions.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/45852
DOI 10.3390/architecture3020013
Official URL https://www.mdpi.com/2673-8945/3/2/13
Subjects Current > FOR (2020) Classification > 4005 Civil engineering
Current > Division/Research > Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities
Keywords thermal comfort, heating, health and safety, renewable energy, indoor environments
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