About the Author
Masanori Shukuya, Ph.D., is a professor at the Department of Restoration Ecology and Built Environment and at the Graduate School of Environmental and Information Studies, Yokohama campus, Tokyo City University (YC-TCU). His major interests in research and education are 1) the development of exergy evaluation methods for quite a lot of builtenvironmental systems for human thermal comfort with the rational use of quite a lot of exergy resources; 2) the development of a method for the holistic approach to built-environmental education.
Indoor climate is made up our minds by rational lighting, heating, cooling and ventilating systems. For occupants’ well-being it will have to be in step with how regional outside climate works in the float of radiation by the use of four paths of heat transfer: radiation; convection; conduction; and evaporation. This book starts with the relationship between the human body and its immediate environmental space followed by a brief introduction of passive and active systems for indoor climate conditioning. The nature of warmth and light is discussed with a focal point on building envelope systems such as walls and windows, and then examined from the perspective of thermodynamics and human-biology. Some examples are given to enable a better understanding of luminous and thermal characteristics of our most immediate environment particularly for those professionally involved in environmental planning, designing, and engineering to know about bio-climatic design principle.