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Evaluating thermal comfort in METU campus buildings

Elias Özkan, Soofia Tahira
Deljavan, Nastaran
More than a hundred buildings are located on the METU campus in Ankara, which are being used for academic, administrative, social and residential purposes. Some of these buildings are being heated through the campus district heating system, whereas others have individual boilers. All buildings that are located around the main alley on campus are connected to the central heating system, and since all of them are very old, with a heating network older than half a century, it is not possible to vary the level of heating according to individual preferences or requirements in each space. This state of affairs causes spaces facing south, east or west to overheat while those facing north remain cold. The aim of this project is to determine the thermal performance of these buildings; as a first step towards finding a solution for improving thermal comfort conditions within. To this end, the buildings with their surroundings will be simulated and thermal data will be collected to calibrate the building models.