A comprehensive assessment of pedestrian comfort including thermal effects Article

cited authors

  • Soligo, MJ; Irwin, PA; Williams, CJ; Schuyler, GD

fiu authors


  • The effects of wind force on pedestrians have been a concern since it was realized that tall buildings could greatly accelerate the wind at grade. The use of wind tunnels to assess pedestrian level winds has lead to the development of criteria not only for safety but also for comfort. More recently there have been increasing attempts to develop more comprehensive criteria that include more of the overall microclimate rather than wind in isolation. This paper describes new methodology developed by the authors. It includes the effects of wind speed, temperature, relative humidity, clothing, activity, solar radiation, and exposure time. Thus not only in wind force considered but also the impact of wind chill on exposed skin and a persons's thermal comfort. The assessment model has been designed to allow for customization by the various end-users and is capable of being upgraded to accommodate other imput parameters of importance to pedestrian comfort, such as noise and air quality.

publication date

  • September 1, 1998

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 753

end page

  • 766


  • 77-78