If you’re pursuing higher levels of certification and have a building automation system (BAS)A building automation system (BAS) uses computer-based monitoring to coordinate, organize, and optimize building control subsystems, including lighting, equipment scheduling, and alarm reporting. in place already, consider this credit. To earn it you’ll need to implement two forms of thermal comfort monitoring, including continuous monitoring of air temperature and humidity, and periodic measurements of air speed and radiant temperature.
Once you’ve confirmed that you have or can implement the required monitoring, the credit requires that you also determine acceptable boundaries for thermal comfort in the building based off of ASHRAE 55-2010 or one of two alternative international standards. That means that pursuing the credit requires some engineering expertise in order to set the appropriate boundaries and put a system in place to track and verify performance.
One bright note is that under LEED v4, humidity monitoring can now be at the system (air handler unit—AHU) level, rather than in all occupiable spaces as was required in LEED 2009. This should make the credit somewhat more feasible from a cost perspective.
The ISO and CEN standards are simply alternatives for determining acceptable ranges for thermal comfort in the building. So, applying one of these standards instead of ASHRAE 55-2010 won’t change the monitoring strategy that you need to have in place. However, the alternative standards may be more familiar to international teams and therefore could make the implementation process go more smoothly.
To promote occupants’ productivity, comfort, and well-being by providing quality thermal comfort.
Have a permanent monitoring system to ensure ongoing building performance to the desired comfort criteriaComfort criteria are specific design conditions that take into account temperature, humidity, air speed, outdoor temperature, outdoor humidity, seasonal clothing, and expected activity. (ASHRAE 552004), as specified by ASHRAE Standard 55–2010, Thermal Comfort Conditions for Human Occupancy, Section 5.2 or 5.3, with errata, or a local equivalent.
[India ACP: Thermal Comfort NBC]
Have a permanent monitoring system to ensure ongoing building performance of the desired comfort criteria, as specified by the applicable standard:
The monitoring system must meet the following requirements.
OPTION 1. ASHRAE 55–2010 OR THE NATIONAL BUILDING CODE OF INDIA 2005 (NBC 2005)
Projects in India may meet the desired comfort criteria specified in the following as a local equivalent to ASHRAE 55-2010:
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