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The implementation and operation of thermal chimneys within existing buildings, such as cooling centers, homes, and offices

Claudette Bryan
Published: 10 May 2022

Abstract: Humanity has a unique capacity to strive for incredible innovations and destructions. We developed refrigeration and then air conditioning, which reduced our capacity to handle temperature while simultaneously making our environment volatile. Rates of improper ventilation and increased humidity from air conditioning have produced their effect on occupants known as Sick Building Syndrome. Emerging in the 1970s, this illness is characterized by frequent headaches, exhaustion, and respiratory issues. Spores of mold and debris are spread into the spaces by improperly maintained systems, mostly without the occupant's knowledge. These issues are ironic considering the implementation of air conditioning to make people more productive in the workforce. With a controlled temperature environment, separate from the outdoor environment, 15 to 30 percent of occupants will still never be satisfied because thermal comfort is highly subjective. Comfort levels are influenced by clothing, humidity, airspeed, solar levels, age, and activity range. Historically, people of means ventured into theatres and shopping malls which were some of the first spaces to be air conditioned. They were not paying as much for the products as for the cooling. Soon after, air conditioners made their way into homes of the wealthy as a status symbol. It has remained as a status symbol to this day. The price of air conditioning is not limited to wealth, but detrimental to the environment and vulnerable community members.
Keywords: Thermal Chimney / Buoyancy

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