2013, XXII, 329 p. 219 illus., 28 illus. in color.
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Nominated as outstanding PhD thesis by the University of Tasmania, Australia
Investigates the scientific and business factors that have resulted in air-conditioning being a major contributor to climate-change
Proposes the theory of personalized thermal comfort as potential solution of the air-conditioning conundrum and describes the invention of DTAC: the Ductless Task-Air-Conditioning unit
The dissertation investigates the scientific and business factors that have resulted in air-conditioning being a major contributor to climate-change. With his architectural background, the author demonstrates how a design methodology, not commonly adopted in scientific studies, may actually be a suitable way of dealing with a complex problem: the 'business as usual' scenario involving building science, sociological values and consumer behavior. Using his innovations as case studies, the author shows how good ideas cannot be evaluated on scientific merit alone and demonstrates why commercialization may have a pivotal role in deployment of research-based technology. He advances the theory of personalized thermal comfort which can potentially resolve the air-conditioning conundrum.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Air-conditioning - Architecture engineering inter-disciplinary - Brain Cooling - Climate Change - Comfort Energetics - Comfort Temperature - Ductless Task Air-conditioning (DTAC) System - Ductless task air-conditioning - Market-oriented Solution - Office Productivity - Personal cooling unit - Personalised Thermal Comfort - Research commercialization innovation - Thermal comfort