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An Analysis of the Effects of Occupants’ Perceptions of Their Indoor Environment on Their Assessments of Their Thermal Sensation and Comfort
Advances in Environmental Biology (2014)
  • Harimi Djamila
Abstract
An Analysis of the Effects of Occupants’ Perceptions of Their Indoor Environment on Their Assessments of Their Thermal Sensation and Comfort 

Harimi, Djamila, Chi Chu Ming and Sivakumar Kumaresan 

Abstract

Background: Healthy, comfortable and energy efficient buildings can have a limited impact on the environment. However, little is known about how occupants perceive their thermal environment in their daily natural life. This is crucial in providing thermally comfortable indoor conditions with least energy consumption. Methods: The data used in this investigation were taken from an extensive field study carried out in non-air-conditioned residential buildings of Kota Kinabalu region located in East Malaysia. Occupants‟ perceptions of their Indoor environment on their assessments of their thermal sensation and comfort were analyzed and discussed. This paper was more focused on the perceived air movement, perceived air relative humidity, perceived indoor air quality and perceived heat gain via curtains. Results: It was found that occupants‟ desires for coolness were expressed by stillness of air movement. Relative humidity was not perceived accurately by the majority of occupants. On average, indoor air quality was perceived by the majority of occupants as slightly fresh. Conclusion: The present study showed that occupants were not able to separate between the effect of indoor air movement and indoor air temperature on their assessments of their thermal perception. Relative humidity might not have effect on occupants‟ thermal sensation and comfort. Perceived air quality and perceived relative humidity may not have a drastic effect on occupants‟ thermal comfort as opposed to air movement. The effect of air quality on health must be considered prior perceived air quality and perceived thermal comfort
Keywords
  • Thermal Comfort,
  • Indoor Environment,
  • Thermal Perception,
  • Humid Tropics.
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
Harimi Djamila. "An Analysis of the Effects of Occupants’ Perceptions of Their Indoor Environment on Their Assessments of Their Thermal Sensation and Comfort" Advances in Environmental Biology Vol. 8 Iss. 15 (2014) p. 231 - 237
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/harimi_djamila/8/