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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.

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