The effect of internal environmental quality on occupant satisfaction in commercial office buildings

Vanessa Menadue*, Veronica Soebarto, Terence Williamson

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This article addresses a post-occupancy evaluation of a sample of office buildings in Adelaide, South Australia, which compares Green Star-rated against non-Green Star-rated buildings. Internal environment monitoring and occupant surveys were conducted to assess the perceived thermal, visual, and aural comforts, as well as health and productivity. The results show that Green Star-rated buildings provide slightly higher satisfaction in some thermal comfort aspects, but lower satisfaction in a number of significant elements, such as lighting and noise. Current trends in office design are, in some cases, seen to accentuate these issues. The results indicate that improvement in the design of buildings is an ongoing process that needs to be supported with effective and comprehensive feedback systems, including evaluation of the product in use, a system that is currently lacking in the commercial built environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1062
Number of pages12
JournalHVAC and R Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


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