Characterizing thermal comfort and occupant behaviour in Indian low-income housing
The existing adaptive comfort standards are based on the notion that occupants' level of adaptation is strongly related to outdoor climatic conditions. However, adaptive behavior of occupants is also influenced by non-thermal factors related to socio-cultural regimes, economic capabilities and contextual settings. This seminar will discuss comfort-related occupant behavior within low-income dwellings of Mumbai, India. Besides, non-thermal impediments to behavioral adaptation and energy-use characteristics within the resource-constrained community would also be presented. With 12 million LIG housing units to be built under the ‘Housing for all’ scheme, it offers an immense opportunity to explore thermal comfort behavior in such dwellings to improve upon occupant comfort, health and well-being.