The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Thermal adaptation to high indoor temperatures during winter in two UK social housing tower blocks

Teli, Despoina, Gauthier, Stephanie, Aragon, Victoria, Bourikas, Leonidas, James, Patrick and Bahaj, Abubakr (2016) Thermal adaptation to high indoor temperatures during winter in two UK social housing tower blocks At Proceedings of 9th Windsor Conference: Making Comfort Relevant. 07 - 10 Apr 2016. , pp. 1-14.

Record type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


This work explores the hypothesis that exposure to high indoor temperatures during winter can change thermal expectations of the occupants, challenging the standard boundaries of thermal comfort and leading to excess in energy demand for heating. The analysis presented here is based on two case study social housing tower buildings where indoor temperatures during the heating season have been maintained at high levels for many years. Five-minute readings of air temperature and relative humidity were gathered from the lounges and bedrooms of twenty flats from February to October 2014. The measured air temperatures in the sampled period were overall much higher than the standard comfort criteria, with averages of 24.8±2.2oC for the lounges and 23.1±1.8oC for the bedrooms. Interviews were carried out with seventeen tenants in October, enquiring about their views on the indoor environment, the use of controls and their thermal sensation at the time of the survey. The results show that most people were satisfied with the temperatures in their flats, regardless of them being much higher than recommended levels most of the time. The occupants’ adaptation to high temperatures could pose a great challenge to the implementation of energy use reduction strategies, if industry-based thermal criteria were to be met.

PDF WC16_077_Teli.pdf - Accepted Manuscript
Download (3MB)

More information

Accepted/In Press date: 30 November 2015
Published date: April 2016
Venue - Dates: Proceedings of 9th Windsor Conference: Making Comfort Relevant, 2016-04-07 - 2016-04-10
Organisations: Energy & Climate Change Group


Local EPrints ID: 392663
PURE UUID: 48b76d69-94a4-4e97-802a-19d90dd0886e
ORCID for Despoina Teli: ORCID iD
ORCID for Stephanie Gauthier: ORCID iD
ORCID for Leonidas Bourikas: ORCID iD
ORCID for Abubakr Bahaj: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 15 Apr 2016 09:35
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 19:14

Export record


Author: Despoina Teli ORCID iD
Author: Victoria Aragon
Author: Leonidas Bourikas ORCID iD
Author: Patrick James
Author: Abubakr Bahaj ORCID iD

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton:

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.