A satisfaction and perception survey was carried out to assess the effects of recent adoption of bioclimatic design strategies in influencing the residents’ comfort levels and the appropriateness of an old building to meet the needs of contemporary life. This residential building is located in Kuala Lumpur and was recognised as a residential college building with the most considerate implementation of bioclimatic design strategies, particularly in terms of the daylighting and natural ventilation. As relying on 95% confidence level and ±5% margin of error from the overall population, a total of 266 responses retrieved were fully supplied by the respondents. The majority of respondents are satisfied and feel comfortable with regards to all performance indicators including the architectural elements, visual comfort, thermal comfort and indoor air quality. Numerous differences were discovered by comparing the responses among the race and ethnic groups, obviously on visual comfort, thermal comfort and indoor air quality, the usage pattern of windows and ceiling fan, and thermal sensation which was based on 7 point of scale. As conclusion, the bioclimatic design strategies including daylighting and natural ventilation at an old residential building are still appropriate to meet the needs of contemporary life. However, there is still room for improvement, especially on the acoustic. The racial and ethnic composition considerably influence the satisfaction and the perception level of respondents and these aspects should be highly considered in implementing the improvement measures to ensure the comfort level of the room.
- bioclimatic design,
- residential building,
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