Human Thermal Environments: The Effects of Hot, Moderate, and Cold Environments on Human Health, Comfort, and Performance, Third Edition

Ken Parsons

April 9, 2014 by CRC Press
Reference - 635 Pages - 149 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466595996 - CAT# K20755

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  • Provides the principles and development of models of human thermoregulation
  • Explains how to determine the thermal properties of clothing for assessing the human response to heat and cold
  • Includes heat transfers between a person and the environment
  • Covers the principles and practice that can be used to avoid casualties in the heat and cold
  • Discusses skin response to contact with hot, moderate, and cold temperatures including burn and injury


In the ten years since the publication of the second edition of Human Thermal Environments: The Effects of Hot, Moderate, and Cold Environments on Human Health, Comfort, and Performance, Third Edition, the world has embraced electronic communications, making international collaboration almost instantaneous and global. However, there is still a need for a compilation of up-to-date information and best practices. Reflecting current changes in theory and applications, this third edition of a bestseller continues to be the standard text for the design of environments for humans to live and work safely, comfortably, and effectively, and for the design of materials that help people cope with their environments.

See What’s New in the Third Edition:

  • All existing chapters significantly updated
  • Five new chapters
  • Testing and development of clothing
  • Adaptive models
  • Thermal comfort for special populations
  • Thermal comfort for special environments
  • Extreme environments
  • Weather
  • Outdoor environments and climate change
  • Fun runs, cold snaps, and heat waves

The book covers hot, moderate, and cold environments, and defines them in terms of six basic parameters: air temperature, radiant temperature, humidity, air velocity, clothing worn, and the person’s activity. It focuses on the principles and practice of human response, which incorporates psychology, physiology, and environmental physics with applied ergonomics. The text then discusses water requirements, computer modeling, computer-aided design, and current standards. A systematic treatment of thermal environments and how they affect humans in real-world applications, the book links the health and engineering aspects of the built environment. It provides you with updated tools, techniques, and methods for the design of products and environments that achieve thermal comfort.


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