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Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021: 17th Conference of IBPSA


The impact of PCM applications on thermal comfort in standardized preschool designs in 2 Brazilian climatic zones

Lorenzo Olivo Filippini, Gabriela Sartori, Maurício Carvalho Ayres Torres
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Abstract: The Brazilian Government developed Standardized Preschool Designs (SPDs) to guarantee children's access to preschools. Phase Change Material (PCM) application might be a possible strategy to address thermal comfort. This study assesses the impact of PCM application on thermal comfort. Through computational simulations, three PCMs were evaluated in four different applications in an SPD in two Brazilian climatic zones. The ASHRAE Standard 55-2017 Adaptive Model was used as a reference. Results demonstrated that PCM applications are effective to increase thermal comfort. Thicker PCM layers with 5cm applied on the external walls had the best thermal performance in both climatic zones.
Keywords: Thermal simulation, Adaptive model, thermal comfort, thermal performance
Pages: 2749 - 2756