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The thermal environment and occupant perceptions in European office buildings

Abstract

The results from a large field study of thermal comfort in European office buildings are reported. Environmental conditions and occupant perceptions were collected over fourteen months from twenty-six different office buildings located in France, Greece, Portugal, Sweden and the UK. This thesis focuses on the thermal measurements and occupant perceptions; however, some of the additional variables with strong connections to thermal sensation are also examined. A summary of human comfort is presented to help place this thesis in appropriate context. The summary presents thermal comfort issues within a broad framework of environmental comfort including physical, physiological, behavioural, psychological and other variables. A more narrowly focused overview of current thermal comfort research is also included. The work attempts to show relationships and produce useful information from the data set by using rather simple statistics and graphical methods. The objective is to quite literally use the data set to illustrate the actual thermal conditions in European office buildings and the occupant perceptions of those conditions. The data are examined in some detail with key relationships identified and explored. Significant differences between countries, both for the physical conditions and the perceptions of those conditions are identified. In addition, the variation over the course  More>>
Authors:
Stoops, J L [1] 
  1. Chalmers Univ. of Tech., Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Building Services Engineering
Publication Date:
Feb 01, 2002
Product Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Report Number:
STEM-INK-02-2
Resource Relation:
Other Information: TH: Thesis (TeknL); 78 refs, 16 figs. Also published as Document D53:2000 from Dept. of Building Services Engineering, Chalmers Univ. of Technology; PBD: Feb 2002
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; OFFICE BUILDINGS; WORKING CONDITIONS; VENTILATION SYSTEMS; AIR CONDITIONING; THERMAL COMFORT; FRANCE; GREECE; PORTUGAL; SWEDEN; UNITED KINGDOM
OSTI ID:
20254133
Research Organizations:
Swedish Energy Agency, Eskilstuna (Sweden)
Country of Origin:
Sweden
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: Project STEM-P11184-1 and Joule III SCATS project, PL99/JOE-66, No JOE3-CT97-0066; TRN: SE0207202
Availability:
Available from: Studsvik Library, SE-611 82 Nykoeping, Sweden (SEK 145), or from: Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Dept. of Building Services Engineering, SE-412 96 Goeteborg, Sweden; Available to ETDE participating countries only(see www.etde.org); commercial reproduction prohibited; OSTI as DE20254133
Submitting Site:
SWD
Size:
94 pages
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Stoops, J L. The thermal environment and occupant perceptions in European office buildings. Sweden: N. p., 2002. Web.
Stoops, J L. The thermal environment and occupant perceptions in European office buildings. Sweden.
Stoops, J L. 2002. "The thermal environment and occupant perceptions in European office buildings." Sweden.
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title = {The thermal environment and occupant perceptions in European office buildings}
author = {Stoops, J L}
abstractNote = {The results from a large field study of thermal comfort in European office buildings are reported. Environmental conditions and occupant perceptions were collected over fourteen months from twenty-six different office buildings located in France, Greece, Portugal, Sweden and the UK. This thesis focuses on the thermal measurements and occupant perceptions; however, some of the additional variables with strong connections to thermal sensation are also examined. A summary of human comfort is presented to help place this thesis in appropriate context. The summary presents thermal comfort issues within a broad framework of environmental comfort including physical, physiological, behavioural, psychological and other variables. A more narrowly focused overview of current thermal comfort research is also included. The work attempts to show relationships and produce useful information from the data set by using rather simple statistics and graphical methods. The objective is to quite literally use the data set to illustrate the actual thermal conditions in European office buildings and the occupant perceptions of those conditions. The data are examined in some detail with key relationships identified and explored. Significant differences between countries, both for the physical conditions and the perceptions of those conditions are identified. In addition, the variation over the course of the year for each country is explored. The variations occur in complex ways, which make simple, all encompassing explanations impossible. The nature and size of the variations make the application of simple Europe wide models of thermal comfort questionable. It appears that individuals in different European countries have different expectations for their indoor office thermal environment. This data set will be further explored in a more complete study, which will examine the other measured variables.}
place = {Sweden}
year = {2002}
month = {Feb}
}