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Role of Fashion in Thermal Comfort Studied by ASHRAE
March 30, 2011

The role of international fashions in determining how cool or hot we are is being studied by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). It’s not the impact of Gucci or Channel on our style but rather how non-western wear, such as burqas or saris, affects our thermal comfort.

Comprehensive data exists on western clothing insulation values but little research exists on non-western. Having information on attire like saris could influence the design of ventilation and air-conditioning systems to provide the best thermal comfort for occupants.

1504-TRP, “Extension of the Clothing Insulation Database for Standard 55 and ISO 7730 to Provide Data for Non-Western Clothing Ensembles, Including Data on the Effect of Posture and Air Movement on that Insulation,” is one of 17 projects currently out for bid by ASHRAE. The deadline to submit proposals for all projects is May 16th.

Results of 1504 would be of fundamental importance to both ASHRAE and the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) standards, building and building system designers and vehicle designers around the world. Specifically, it could expand the scope and reach of ASHRAE Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, to a worldwide audience.

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