Comfort temperature and preferred adaptive behaviour in various classroom types in the UK higher learning environments

Mina Jowkar, Hom Bahadur Rijal, James Brusey, Azadeh Montazami, Terry Lansdown

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Maintaining thermal comfort of the occupants at the same time as reducing energy demand is essential in the UK educational buildings. Significant influence of thermal comfort on learning performance, makes this consideration more highlighted in higher educational buildings in the UK where every year host many international students with various climatic backgrounds. This study aims to evaluate comfort temperature in different classroom types, lecture rooms, studios and PC Labs, in the UK higher learning environments. Evaluation was conducted through simultaneous environmental measurements, questionnaire survey and observation in each classroom under free running, cooling and heating modes. Overall, 3511 students participated in the survey in October and November 2017 and January to March 2018 in Coventry and Edinburgh, UK. Results present the students’ thermal comfort zone under each operation mode and comfort temperature in each classroom type. Proximity of operative and comfort temperatures in studios and PC labs shows the occupants’ higher level of physiological and psychological thermal adaptation to these spaces compared to the lecture rooms. Considering the students’ priorities for selection of adaptive behaviours inside the classrooms, reveals the influence of freedom level and psychological factors on their preferred adaptive actions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBuilding and Environment
Publication statusSubmitted - 12 Oct 2018

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Comfort temperature and preferred adaptive behaviour in various classroom types in the UK higher learning environments. / Jowkar, Mina; Rijal, Hom Bahadur; Brusey, James; Montazami, Azadeh; Lansdown, Terry.

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