Impact of clothing on thermal comfort and energy saving in indoor environment

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The expansion of the neutral-band, viz. the temperature range between set points where no action is taken by the HVAC systems, presents huge potential in energy saving. Based on established thermo-physiological model and through numerical simulation, we established the relationship between the change of temperature set-points and the required additional cooling/heating power or changes in clothing thermal insulation, without sacrificing the thermal comfort of indoor occupants. We further examined the recent developments in smart textile materials and clothing, and found that existing smart textiles and clothing are inadequate or insufficient to the meaningful expansion of the HVAC neutral band. This calls for the development of active smart thermal regulatory clothing for indoor application.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 7 Jul 201412 Jul 2014


Conference13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, Indoor Air 2014
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Clothing
  • Energy saving
  • Thermal comfort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Building and Construction
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Computer Science Applications

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