Thermal comfort and productivity in offices under mandatory electricity savings after great east Japan earthquake

Shin Ichi Tanabe, YUKo Iwahashi, Sayana Tsushima

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Abstract

The great east Japan earthquake of March 11, 2011, wreaked enormous damage, forcing the Japanese government to mandate a 15% peak power reduction to address shortages in summer. Office workers were forced to be patient. The present paper reports the results of field studies conducted in Tokyo office buildings during summer to understand the relationship between indoor environment, productivity, and energy conservation measures under the mandated limits. Occupants generally expressed discomfort regarding the high temperature, but widely accepted the decrease in illumination from 750 to 300-500 lux. Increased awareness regarding power savings was found, with more than 90% of people accepting the poor indoor environment in light of the shortages that year. Clothing and raising set point temperature recommendations made by the Super Cool Biz campaign were followed in most offices. However, self-estimated productivity was 6.6% lower than last summer. Thus, strategies for electricity savings that do not affect productivity are necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1
Event7th Windsor Conference: The Changing Context of Comfort in an Unpredictable World 2012 - Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 2012 Apr 122012 Apr 15

Conference

Conference7th Windsor Conference: The Changing Context of Comfort in an Unpredictable World 2012
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityWindsor
Period12/4/1212/4/15

Keywords

  • Earthquake
  • Electricity
  • Energy saving
  • Indoor environment
  • Productivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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    Tanabe, S. I., Iwahashi, YUK., & Tsushima, S. (2012). Thermal comfort and productivity in offices under mandatory electricity savings after great east Japan earthquake. Paper presented at 7th Windsor Conference: The Changing Context of Comfort in an Unpredictable World 2012, Windsor, United Kingdom.