Predicting indoor thermal sensation for the elderly in welfare centres in Korea using local skin temperatures

Chihye Bae, Hyunjung Lee, Chungyoon Chun

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This study aims to develop a method to predict thermal sensation in elderly people. To identify the point on the body where skin temperature can best predict thermal sensation in elderly people aged 65 or older and develop a thermal comfort measurement model that can replace the psychological scale, experiments were conducted in a stainless steel wall finish climate chamber and at the seven senior welfare centres in Korea. The results of the climate chamber experiment with 30 healthy elderly people (15 males, 15 females) showed that there was a correlation between thermal sensation and local skin temperature on the back of the hand, the upper arm, the top of the foot and the cheek. This developed thermal sensation prediction model was then applied in a field study at senior welfare centres to verify whether the model could be applied to a large number of elderly subjects in different locations. The field study with 294 elderly people (111 males, 183 females) shows that cheek and back of the hand skin temperatures were useful in predicting thermal sensation in the elderly, and predicted thermal sensation based on the skin temperature of the cheek had the strongest correlation with thermal sensation among the participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1155-1167
Number of pages13
JournalIndoor and Built Environment
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 1

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Funding Information:
1Climate Technology Strategy Center, Korea Institute of Energy Research, Daejeon, Korea 2University-Industry Cooperation Support Team, National Research Foundation of Korea, Daejeon, Korea 3Department of Interior Architecture and Built Environment, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (NRF-2013R1A2A2A01068823).

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© International Society of the Built Environment.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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