Building Smart: Evaluating Thermal Comfort

Building Smart: Evaluating Thermal Comfort

Tuesday, June 04, 2019
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

In person workshop (limited spaces available):


This workshop is part of the “Building Smart by Designing for People” series that focuses on creating healthy, safe, adaptive and enriching living environment for building occupants.

Evaluating residential spaces for compliance to ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy

Of all six primary Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) metrics, thermal discomfort continues to be a leading concern amongst consumers in housing. Four recent key research projects demonstrate that home owners performing major renovations are doing so to improve their comfort - placing it at or above energy efficiency.

In 1966 ASHRAE published its Standard 55 - Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy. This standard has been updated over the decades as new research is published. The most current 2017 version is the authoritative document for understanding how the combination of architecture, interior finishes and HVAC systems can affect occupant’s discomfort.

This workshop will lead participants through design calculations, evaluation of enclosures and developing corrective measures to ensure space are in compliance with the Standard.  Each attendee must bring a laptop to access the CBE Thermal Comfort Tool.

About the presenter

Robert Bean, R.E.T., P.L.(Eng.)  is a registered engineering technologist in building construction and a professional licensee in mechanical engineering. He is president of Indoor Climate Consulting Inc. and director of Bean is a past, two-term ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer and the recipient of ASHRAE’s Lou Flagg Award and ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award. Currently, he serves ASHRAE Standing Standard Project Committee (SSPC) 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, and Technical Committees 2.1, Physiology and Human Environment; 6.1, Hydronic and Steam Heating Equipment; 6.5, Radiant Heating and Cooling, and 7.4, Exergy Analysis for Sustainable Buildings. He is an instructor for several industry associations and institutes, and has developed numerous courses related to the design of buildings, indoor climates, and radiant-based HVAC systems. His motto is, " All design is human factor design: Design for people - good buildings follow." 

Location Details

Brix Studio
211 Columbia St #102
Vancouver, B.C.
V6A 2R5

Contact Information

Contact Name: Research Centre
Phone: 604-439-4135