And we all understand its impact, particularly following a year where we have spent more time inside than ever before. A lack of thermal comfort makes us feel stressed, annoyed and distracted if it is too cold and it can make us feel sleepy, tired and lacking concentration if it is too hot.
In turn, thermal comfort inevitably has an impact on well-being, productivity, the ability to think clearly and, of course, those around us. When we feel uncomfortable, our mood changes for the worse. More importantly, excessively cold or hot interiors are unhealthy, particularly for the elderly, sick or vulnerable during harsh winters or intense heatwaves.
Impact on productivity and performance
Thermal comfort has wider social implications. To what extent do more thermally comfortable buildings lower hospital admissions, reduce sick days and absenteeism? Improve academic performance? Prevent accidents or improve the productivity of companies?
We know the answers already. We work better, learn better, perform better and feel healthier when we are comfortable.