Measurement and interpretation of thermal comfort in a highly adaptive mixed-mode building

Healey, Kathryn (2014) Measurement and interpretation of thermal comfort in a highly adaptive mixed-mode building. Architectural Science Review, 57 3: 207-214. doi:10.1080/00038628.2013.868782


Author Healey, Kathryn
Title Measurement and interpretation of thermal comfort in a highly adaptive mixed-mode building
Journal name Architectural Science Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1758-9622
0003-8628
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00038628.2013.868782
Open Access Status
Volume 57
Issue 3
Start page 207
End page 214
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Earthscan
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Field-based thermal comfort studies have highlighted the relationship between adaptive opportunity and thermal preference and acceptability reported by occupants. While real-world complexity is integral to field-based study, its influence over comfort responses is not well understood. This paper presents a study carried out in an office where occupants have considerable environmental control. The building operates in changeover mixed-mode configuration, with natural ventilation mode enforced when ambient conditions are deemed favourable, and a choice of natural ventilation or air conditioning outside of those times. Thermal conditions were measured alongside a thermal comfort questionnaire, and state data for building mode and adaptive devices were recorded. The results were contextualized using qualitative interviews, during which participants discussed their relationship to their workspace in terms of comfort and adaptive habits. The study raised questions on the influence of cognitive tolerance, reaction to discomfort, responsibility and personal factors to the measurement of thermal comfort.
Keyword Thermal comfort
Mixed mode
Offices
Qualitative study
Natural ventilation
Warm humid climate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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