Wit M. S. de
Bibliographic info:
Building Simulation, Madison, USA, 1995, p. 324-330

This paper introduces a new approach towards the assessment of thermal building performance. As a specific aspect of overall building performance, thermal comfort performance is examined in detail. Two issues have been addressed. Firstly, two comfort performance measures, frequently used in Dutch practice, are analyzed and a directive for the assessment of a better comfort performance measure is discussed. Secondly, a probabilistic simulation experiment has been performed that reveals the adequacy of the present day practice. in which only one year of climate data is used for comfort assessment calculations. It is found that this adequacy depends both on the building under consideration and on the definition of the comfort performance.