The Impact of Natural Ventilation During Winter on Thermal Comfort: A systematic literature review (2022)
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of ventilation as a transmission mitigation strategy. However, there is a widely-held concern that a drop in outdoor temperatures during wintertime may impact thermal comfort in the context of naturally ventilated classrooms. This is a concern which has not been widely investigated by peer-reviewed empirical studies. The aim of this paper is to review the available literature on the impact of natural ventilation during winter on thermal comfort. Using the replicable search processes of a systematic literature review adopted from medical research practice, 142 articles were retrieved from four search databases (Science direct, Scopus, PubMed, and Google Scholar). Analysis of these 142 articles revealed that most studies have particularly focused on the assessment of ventilation conditions, especially in non-naturally ventilated spaces, and that there were only 5 articles that empirically investigated the impact of natural ventilation on thermal comfort during winter in sufficient detail. This shows a significant gap within the body of literature, meaning that the findings from this study can only be treated as tentative, with further research required.
CitationSutherland A, Ackley A, Phipps R, Longley I, MacKenzie S, Chen S, Jermy M, Gronert R (2022). The Impact of Natural Ventilation During Winter on Thermal Comfort: A systematic literature review. NZ Ministry of Education. NZ Ministry of Education.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research40 - Engineering::4012 - Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering::401201 - Aerodynamics (excl. hypersonic aerodynamics)
40 - Engineering::4012 - Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering::401205 - Experimental methods in fluid flow, heat and mass transfer
33 - Built environment and design::3302 - Building::330206 - Building science, technologies and systems
42 - Health sciences::4206 - Public health::420601 - Community child health
39 - Education::3904 - Specialist studies in education::390412 - Teacher and student wellbeing
42 - Health sciences::4202 - Epidemiology::420203 - Environmental epidemiology
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