Field study of thermal environment acceptability using ostracon voting device

Masanari Ukai, Yuta Ichikawa, Tatsuo Nobe

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Abstract

This study aims to assess the thermal conditions of an indoor environment deemed unacceptable by workers. For this purpose, Ostracon, a voting device, was developed to record the physical environment at the time a worker presses a button to express a complaint. Ostracon was used to record the opinions of 90 workers about their thermal environment in six offices during the summer. The results show that workers found the indoor thermal environment unacceptable even when the static thermal conditions were within a range that was predicted to be comfortable. Moreover, most of the workers' complaints were expressed moments after returning from tasks performed outside the office. This suggests that the workers' complaints were influenced by factors other than the indoor environment such as thermal history.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - Windsor Conference 2014
Subtitle of host publicationCounting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World
EditorsFergus Nicol, Susan Roaf, Luisa Brotas, Michael A. Humphreys
PublisherNCEUB 2014
Pages668-677
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895709
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event8th Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World - Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 2014 Apr 102014 Apr 13

Publication series

NameProceedings - Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World

Conference

Conference8th Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityWindsor
Period14/4/1014/4/13

Keywords

  • Acceptability
  • Ostracon
  • Thermal comfort
  • Thermal environment
  • Workplace

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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