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The Significance of Occupants’ Interaction with Their Environment on Reducing Cooling Loads and Dermatological Distresses in East Mediterranean Climates

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Department of Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine, Jordan University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 3030, Irbid 22110, Jordan
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School of Natural Resources Engineering and Management, German Jordanian University, P.O. Box 35247, Amman 11180, Jordan
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Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, An-Najah National University, P.O. Box 7, Nablus 00970, Palestine
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Department of Engineering, ceiA3, University of Almeria, 04120 Almeria, Spain
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Academic Editors: Pilar Martinez-Jimenez and Alberto Jesús Perea Moreno
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(16), 8870; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18168870
Received: 11 July 2021 / Revised: 18 August 2021 / Accepted: 19 August 2021 / Published: 23 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Environment and Sustainable Development)
Global endeavors to respond to the problems caused by climate change and are leading to higher temperatures inside homes, which can cause skin conditions (such as eczema), lethargy, and poor concentration; disturbed sleep and fatigue are also rising. The energy performance of buildings is influenced by interactions and associations of numerous different variables, such as the envelope specifications as well as the design, technologies, apparatuses, and occupant behaviours. This paper introduces simple and sustainable strategies that are not dependent on expensive or sophisticated technologies, as they rely only on the actions practiced by the building’s occupants (movable window shading, and nighttime natural ventilation) instead of completely relying on high-cost mechanical cooling systems in buildings located in the main Eastern Mediterranean climates represented in the country of Jordan. These low-energy solutions could be applied to low-income houses in hot areas to avoid health problems, such as dermatological diseases, and save a significant amount of energy. The final results indicate that window shading has significant potential in reducing the cooling load in different climate zones. Natural ventilation exhibits high energy-saving abilities in climates that have cool nights, whereas its abilities in hot climates where nights are moderate is limited. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupant’s behavior; cooling load; East Mediterranean; Jordan; heat health distresses; sustainability; dermatological diseases occupant’s behavior; cooling load; East Mediterranean; Jordan; heat health distresses; sustainability; dermatological diseases
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Muhaidat, J.; Albatayneh, A.; Assaf, M.N.; Juaidi, A.; Abdallah, R.; Manzano-Agugliaro, F. The Significance of Occupants’ Interaction with Their Environment on Reducing Cooling Loads and Dermatological Distresses in East Mediterranean Climates. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8870. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18168870

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Muhaidat J, Albatayneh A, Assaf MN, Juaidi A, Abdallah R, Manzano-Agugliaro F. The Significance of Occupants’ Interaction with Their Environment on Reducing Cooling Loads and Dermatological Distresses in East Mediterranean Climates. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(16):8870. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18168870

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Muhaidat, Jihan, Aiman Albatayneh, Mohammed N. Assaf, Adel Juaidi, Ramez Abdallah, and Francisco Manzano-Agugliaro. 2021. "The Significance of Occupants’ Interaction with Their Environment on Reducing Cooling Loads and Dermatological Distresses in East Mediterranean Climates" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 16: 8870. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18168870

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