Center for the Built Environment
Air quality and thermal comfort in office buildings: Results of a large indoor environmental quality survey
- Author(s): Huizenga, C
- Abbaszadeh, S.
- Zagreus, Leah
- Arens, Edward A
- et al.
This paper presents results of over 34,000 survey responses to air quality and thermal comfort questions in 215 buildings in US, Canada, and Finland. Results show that 80% or more of the occupants expressed satisfaction with their thermal comfort in only 11% of the buildings surveyed. Air quality scores were somewhat higher, with 26% of buildings having 80% or occupant satisfaction. With respect to thermal comfort and air quality performance goals set out by standards, most buildings appear to be falling far short. Occupant surveys offer a means to systematically measure this performance, and also to provide diagnostic information for building designers and operators.