Perceived and actual thermal conditions in green and conventional office buildings

Vanessa Menadue, Veronica Soebarto, Terence Williamson

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Abstract

Abstract. Buildings labelled as ‘green’ often carry high occupant expectations. This can be particularly evident in the commercial office
sector where occupants generally anticipate improved comfort conditions, an element which also impacts on their perceived health and
productivity levels. This paper reports on a recent post occupancy evaluation of a number of commercial office buildings in Adelaide,
South Australia conducted in ‘green’ and ‘non-green’ buildings. Internal environment monitoring and occupant surveys were conducted to
assess the perceived and actual thermal, visual and aural comforts, and also health and productivity. This paper focuses on occupants’ satisfaction
in response to seasonal temperature conditions with survey results showing that green buildings exhibit equal and in some cases decreased
occupant satisfaction of internal environmental conditions when compared to non-green buildings. Responses to thermal comfort
questions were reviewed against actual temperature measurements logged within both the green and non-green buildings. The study
found that altering building temperature set points based on ASHRAE Standard 55-2010 will likely result in improved occupant satisfaction
of thermal conditions with the potential to reduce energy consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCutting edge
Subtitle of host publication47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association
EditorsM A Schnabel
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association
Pages291-300
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780992383503, 0992383501
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association - Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 1 Jan 2013 → …

Conference

Conference47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association
CountryChina
CityHong Kong
Period1/01/13 → …

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    Menadue, V., Soebarto, V., & Williamson, T. (2013). Perceived and actual thermal conditions in green and conventional office buildings. In M. A. Schnabel (Ed.), Cutting edge: 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association (pp. 291-300). Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association.