This page lists the Proceedings (titles and abstracts) of the 8th Windsor COnference: "Counting the cost of comfort in a changing world" , 10-13 April 2014, in Windsor, UK. 

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The paper is focused on identifying factors affecting the energy consumption & comfort conditions of multi-storied apartments in composite climate of north India.
Shailza Singh, P.S Chani and S.Y Kulkarni
The Universal Thermal Climate Index UTCI assesses the interaction of ambient temperature, wind, humidity and radiant fluxes on human physiology in outdoor environments on an equivalent temperature scale.
Peter Bröde, Eduardo L. Krüger and Dusan Fiala
In recent years, more and more tall buildings have a mixed-use or residential program. This shift from formerly mainly office use requires new evaluations and guidelines for occupant comfort.
Juliana Felkner and Eleni Chatzi
Climate responsive design ensures thermal comfort in buildings without using excessive energy for heating and cooling.
Ben Slee, Anir Upadhyay, Richard Hyde
A current trend is to consider that the presence of free hanging sound absorbers (FHU) installed in Thermally Activated Buildings (TABS) reduces the thermal comfort by lowering radiative and convective exchanges with the cooled concrete slab.
Pierre Lombard
Large sets of thermal comfort field data have been analysed in detail to inform generalized thermal comfort standards, but there is specific information that might be relevant to particular projects that is not easily accessed by practitioners.
Margaret Pigman, Hui Zhang, Anoop Honnekeri, Ed Arens, and Gail Brager
In Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet, Mark Lynas describes possible world scenarios as global temperatures rise.
M S. Franco, M R. Kessler and M. Samangooei
Visual comfort is important to the wellbeing of people and their productivity. However, too much light in the field of view can cause discomfort and disability glare. Under certain conditions it can even cause accidents.
Luisa Brotas and Jan Wienold
A growing number of businesses are moving towards open-plan offices as a way of encouraging impromptu collaborative problem solving among workers.
John Goins
This study aims to assess the thermal conditions of an indoor environment deemed unacceptable by workers.
Masanari Ukai, Yuta Ichikawa and Tatsuo Nobe
The skin temperature and thermal comfort are closely related and change in skin temperature can predict thermal discomfort even before it is consciously perceived.
M. Veselý, W. Zeiler
This study is designed to investigate the relationship between the thermal comfort environment and stress using brain wave analysis. To achieve this purpose, an experimental approach in a climate chamber based on PMVs was adopted.
Yoorim Choi, Yongmin Kim, Chungyoon Chun
Occupants’ attention ability in seven PMV conditions is measured by means of electroencephalogram (EEG) and verbal voting. This can show us occupants’ attention state change by time and environmental condition.
Minjung Kim, Yoorim Choi, Jieun Han, Youngjoo Son, Chungyoon Chun
Thermal comfort, determined by the influence of the indoor environmental parameters on thermal sensation, is regarded as an important indicator of human wellbeing and health. Neurophysiological mechanisms are responsible for thermal sensation.
Derek Vissers, Wim Zeiler, Gert Boxem, Michal Vezely, Jacob Verhaart
The sari is everyday attire for most women throughout the year all across South-Asia. It is a versatile ensemble because, a single set of garments can provide different levels of insulation just by changing the drape.
Madhavi Indraganti, Juyoun Lee, Hui Zhang, Edward A. Arens
The thermoneutral zone (TNZ) reflects the range of ambient temperatures where no regulatory changes in metabolic heat production or evaporative heat loss occur.
Lisje Schellen, Hannah Pallubinsky and Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt
This paper is a synthesis of the results from the project INTEWON and related studies. The link between the physiological thermoneutral zone (TNZ) and the thermal comfort zone (TCZ) is discussed.
Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt, Lisje Schellen, Christel Jacquot and Boris Kingma
The indoor climate is an important factor with respect to human health and comfort since we spend most of our time, no matter if awake or asleep, in the built environment.
Hannah Pallubinsky, Lisje Schellen and Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt
The interactions between building occupants and control systems have a high influence on energy consumption and on internal environmental quality.
V. Fabi, V. Maggiora, SP. Corgnati and Rune Andersen
Despite being provided by mechanical ambient conditioning systems or not, all building have to a certain extent a degree of adaptation.
Alexandre Freire, José Luís Alexandre and Fergus Nicol