A review of critical framework assessment matrices for data analysis on overheating in buildings impact.

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Adlington Martin and Ceranic, Boris 2017. A review of critical framework assessment matrices for data analysis on overheating in buildings impact. International Journal of Architectural and Environmental Engineering. https://doi.org/10.1999/1307-6892/63800
AuthorsAdlington Martin and Ceranic, Boris
Abstract

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, changes in UK regulations, such as Part L Conservation of heat and power, dictates improved thermal insulation and enhanced air tightness. These changes were a direct response to the UK Government being fully committed to achieving its carbon targets under the Climate Change Act 2008. The goal is to reduce emissions by at least 80% by 2050. Factors such as climate change are likely to exacerbate the problem of overheating, as this phenomenon expects to increase the frequency of extreme heat events exemplified by stagnant air masses and successive high minimum overnight temperatures. However, climate change is not the only concern relevant to overheating, as research signifies, location, design, and occupation; construction type and layout can also play a part. Because of this growing problem, research shows the possibility of health effects on occupants of buildings could be an issue. Increases in temperature can perhaps have a direct impact on the human body’s ability to retain thermoregulation and therefore the effects of heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope and even death can be imminent. This review paper presents a comprehensive evaluation of the current literature on the causes and health effects of overheating in buildings and has examined the differing applied assessment approaches used to measure the concept. Firstly, an overview of the topic was presented followed by an examination of overheating research work from the last decade. These papers form the body of the article and are grouped into a framework matrix summarizing the source material identifying the differing methods of analysis of overheating. Cross case evaluation has identified systematic relationships between different variables within the matrix. Key areas focused on include, building types and country, occupants behavior, health effects, simulation tools, computational methods.

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions, changes in UK regulations, such as Part L Conservation of heat and power,
dictates improved thermal insulation and enhanced air tightness. These changes were a direct response to the UK Government
being fully committed to achieving its carbon targets under the Climate Change Act 2008. The goal is to reduce emissions by at
least 80% by 2050. Factors such as climate change are likely to exacerbate the problem of overheating, as this phenomenon
expects to increase the frequency of extreme heat events exemplified by stagnant air masses and successive high minimum
overnight temperatures. However, climate change is not the only concern relevant to overheating, as research signifies,
location, design, and occupation; construction type and layout can also play a part. Because of this growing problem, research
shows the possibility of health effects on occupants of buildings could be an issue. Increases in temperature can perhaps have a
direct impact on the human body’s ability to retain thermoregulation and therefore the effects of heat-related illnesses such as
heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat syncope and even death can be imminent. This review paper presents a comprehensive
evaluation of the current literature on the causes and health effects of overheating in buildings and has examined the differing
applied assessment approaches used to measure the concept. Firstly, an overview of the topic was presented followed by an
examination of overheating research work from the last decade. These papers form the body of the article and are grouped into
a framework matrix summarizing the source material identifying the differing methods of analysis of overheating. Cross case
evaluation has identified systematic relationships between different variables within the matrix. Key areas focused on include,
building types and country, occupants behavior, health effects, simulation tools, computational methods.

KeywordsOverheating; Health; Thermal comfort; Climate change
Year2017
JournalInternational Journal of Architectural and Environmental Engineering
PublisherWorld Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1999/1307-6892/63800
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/623114
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