Ambient temperature


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Terms & Synonyms

Official WHO Definition

Ambient temperature is the term used to describe the atmosphere temperature within building space (World Plumbing Council Working Group 2008).

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Interpretations and Explanations

Ambient temperature that is comfortable for people can depend on individual needs and other factors. Twenty one degrees Celsius (21 °C) is the recommended living room temperature. Eighteen degrees (18 °C) is the recommended temperature for the bedroom. Ambient temperature is also used to establish a water heater performance. It is measured with reference to ambient temperature rather than a fixed temperature. This allows for statement of performance that will hold true for summer and winter. All plumbing codes are increasingly required by legislators to deliver energy sustainable outcomes from living spaces. The ambient settings of a building play a major role in the total building energy performance (World Plumbing Council Working Group 2008).


World Plumbing Council Working Group (2008)

WHO Lexicon page (translations and examples)

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