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The environmental design criteria for the university buildings in the Northern and Southern regions of the UK

Jowkar, cMina; Bahadur Rijal, Hom; Brusey, James; Temeljotov Salaj, Alenka


Hom Bahadur Rijal

James Brusey

Alenka Temeljotov Salaj


Considering the prevalence of the different climatic conditions in Northern and Midland regions of the UK, this study investigated the occupants’ thermal comfort requirements in two university campuses in Scotland and England, UK. The aim of this investigation is to develop a practical, energy-efficient, and thermally comfortable environmental guideline for university classrooms. Indoor environmental measurements were combined with a simultaneous subjective monitoring through a questionnaire survey and observation in two university buildings in Edinburgh (Scotland) and Coventry (England), UK. Field study conducted during academic year of 2017-18 on 3511 university students in the classrooms involved in sedentary activities. Results confirm the influence of students’ acclimatization to Scotland and England climates indicating warmer than neutral thermal sensation, cooler thermal preferences, and higher neutral temperatures in England compared to Scotland. In terms of thermal acceptability, an indirect approach (considering the central three thermal sensation votes) is a better predictor of the thermally acceptable zone compared to the direct evaluation approach (analysis of acceptability votes in the questionnaires).

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (Published)
Conference Name Windsor Conference 2020
Start Date Apr 16, 2020
End Date Apr 19, 2020
Online Publication Date Apr 11, 2020
Publication Date Apr 11, 2020
Deposit Date Sep 29, 2022
Pages 298-208
Book Title Windsor 2020: Resilient Comfort - Proceedings
ISBN 978-1-9161876-3-4
Keywords Thermal comfort, Higher learning environments, Thermal acceptability, Comfort temperature, Thermal satisfaction
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