As readers of this Journal know, I read a lot of paper’s and by far the best ones are though such outlets as the University of California eScholarship which, “provides a suite of open access, scholarly publishing services and research tools” to readers like me.
Well in my mining of papers for the upcoming ASHRAE San Antonio meetings I came across Monika Frontczak’s Thesis, “Human comfort and self-estimated performance in relation to indoor environmental parameters and building features” which gets high praise from us for her outstanding hard work on what is an excellent paper in human comfort. In particular is the research on words occupants choose to define comfort and what elements are considered more influential – all very good stuff!
Below is the abstract from the paper - there is nothing more to be said other than read the paper – you’ll be much more wiser for it.
The main objective of the Ph.D. study was to examine occupants’ perception of comfort in nonindustrial buildings (homes and offices), in particular how building occupants understand comfort and which parameters, not necessarily related to indoor environments, influence the perception of comfort.
To meet the objective, the following actions were taken: (1) a literature survey exploring which indoor environmental parameters (thermal, acoustic, visual environment and air quality)predominantly determine overall comfort and whether other factors unrelated to the indoor environment influence the perception of comfort; the literature survey summarized 42 peer reviewed and conference articles and 1 book covering the period from 1970 to 2009;(2) preparation, distribution and analysis of a questionnaire survey sent to 2499 addresses representing the most common types of residential buildings in Denmark and filled out by 645persons (response rate of 26%); and (3) analysis of the post-occupancy satisfaction survey conducted by the Center for the Built Environment (CBE) at the University of California Berkeley in 351 mainly U.S. office buildings and filled out by 52,980 building occupants.
Final comment: Kudo’s to CBE and DTU for making this and other papers available on an open access basis – wish more academic institutes would follow your path.
Indoor Environmental Ergonomics: A description