Air conditioning in a tropical climate: Impacts upon European residents in Darwin, Australia

Auliciems A. and Dedear R. (1986) Air conditioning in a tropical climate: Impacts upon European residents in Darwin, Australia. International Journal of Biometeorology, 30 3: 259-282. doi:10.1007/BF02189471


Author Auliciems A.
Dedear R.
Title Air conditioning in a tropical climate: Impacts upon European residents in Darwin, Australia
Journal name International Journal of Biometeorology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0020-7128
Publication date 1986-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF02189471
Volume 30
Issue 3
Start page 259
End page 282
Total pages 24
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Subject 2737 Physiology (medical)
2304 Environmental Chemistry
2300 Environmental Science
1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
1314 Physiology
1304 Biophysics
Abstract The efficacy of current practices in air conditioning is investigated in the two monsoonal seasons in Darwin. Assessment is made of atmospheric parameters, clothing, metabolic rate. Some 1000 questionnaires are applied dealing with adaptations, health perceptions and preferences as related to air cooling and ventilation. The findings are discussed with reference to energy balance calculations and current models of psychological control in thermoregulation. The results indicate that Darwin's population is considerably overcooled, and contrary to assumptions and practice, air conditioning is not desired in office buildings during the "Dry". In the home, air conditioning is not regarded as essential. The indications are that a rationalization of air cooling to comply with natural variability in warmth would lead to a significant reduction in energy consumption, and an overall enhancement to the health and comfort of the population through the greater ventilation rates that would be economically feasible were design temperatures lifted.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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