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Thermal Comfort Assessment-A Study Toward Workers’ Satisfaction in a Low Energy Office Building

Mohd Nafiz Shaharon1 and Juliana Jalaludin1
  • 1 Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia (43400), Serdang, Malaysia

Abstract

Problem statement: The government of Malaysia has raised their concerns towards the issue of workers comfort and workspace quality in a Low Energy Office (LEO) building. New energy efficient building concepts and technologies require a revision of comfort standards, to create a suitable thermal condition in avoiding occupant dissatisfaction, adverse effect on their productivity and overall building performance. Approach: Assessment was conducted using Babuc-A (Portable air quality monitor) and sets of questionnaire adapted from ASHRAE-2004 were 99 respondents selected using a stratified random sampling. Results: This study shows that the thermal comfort zone temperature was identified to be within the range of 21.6-23.6°C and relative humidity of 42-54%. Conclusion: The results suggested that the thermal condition was in the acceptable range of ISO7730 and a lower room temperature was preferred by Malaysian in an office environment compared with the temperature criteria cited in ASHRAE-55. To create an optimum comfortable workplace, temperature between 20-26°C and relative humidity between 40-60% must be maintained. Adequate ventilation must be provided at the minimum rate of 10 l/s of fresh air per person for general office space or every 10 m2 of floor space.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 9 No. 7, 2012, 1037-1045

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2012.1037.1045

Submitted On: 10 February 2011 Published On: 16 May 2012

How to Cite: Shaharon, M. N. & Jalaludin, J. (2012). Thermal Comfort Assessment-A Study Toward Workers’ Satisfaction in a Low Energy Office Building. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 9(7), 1037-1045. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2012.1037.1045

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Keywords

  • Thermal comfort
  • satisfaction
  • low energy office
  • natural ventilation
  • PMV
  • PPD