Windsor Thermal Comfort Conference 2016

Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:53:00 BST

Professor Adrian Pitts recently attended the world’s major International Thermal Comfort Conference held at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. The secluded venue gives a special ambience to the event which is held every 2 years. This year the conference theme was ‘Making Comfort Relevant’ was held from April 7-10 and once again the conference attracted most of the world’s experts in the field. Professor Pitts presented one paper ‘Impacts of variations in air conditioning set-point temperature on room conditions and perceived thermal comfort’ and also co-chaired a workshop on ‘Comfort in Ventilated Spaces’. For the conference he was a Member of the Scientific Committee (as he has been for the last several conferences) and is a member of the steering group for the Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings (NCEUB) which oversees and coordinates activity related to the event.  

The ‘Windsor Conference’ as it is known has been running for more than 20 years and attracts approximately 120 delegates from about 25 countries; a key presentation this year was given on the history and future development of standards by Prof Bjarne Olesen (Denmark) and Prof Ken Parsons (UK). On the final night a team quiz was organised with Prof Pitts’ team finishing in joint top spot. The event is a good place for new researchers and doctoral students to meet up with leaders in the field in an informal setting, and the next conference has been pencilled in for the same venue in 2018. Further information can be found on the NCEUB website and the conference site. We are also hoping to host a thermal comfort focused event at the University of Huddersfield next year – for more information on the subject and conference please contact Prof Pitts.

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