Are building occupants satisfied with indoor environmental quality of higher education facilities?

Mounir El Asmar, Abbas Chokor, Issam Srour

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

10 Scopus citations

Abstract

Balancing energy performance and Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) performance has become a conventional tradeoff in sustainable building design. In recognition of the impact IEQ performance has on the occupants of educational facilities, universities are increasingly interested in tracking the performance of their buildings. This paper highlights and quantifies several key factors that affect the occupant satisfaction of higher education facilities by comparing building performance of two campuses located in two different countries and environments. A total of 320 occupants participated in IEQ occupant satisfaction surveys, split evenly between the two campuses, to investigate their satisfaction with the space layout, space furniture, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, lighting level, acoustic quality, water efficiency, cleanliness and maintenance of the facilities they occupy. The difference in IEQ performance across the two campuses was around 17% which lays the foundation for a future study to explore the reasons behind this noticeable variation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnergy Procedia
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Pages751-760
Number of pages10
Volume50
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
EventInternational Conference on Technologies and Materials for Renewable Energy, Environment and Sustainability, TMREES 2014 - EUMISD - Beirut, Lebanon
Duration: Apr 10 2014Apr 13 2014

Other

OtherInternational Conference on Technologies and Materials for Renewable Energy, Environment and Sustainability, TMREES 2014 - EUMISD
CountryLebanon
CityBeirut
Period4/10/144/13/14

Keywords

  • Education
  • Energy Performance
  • Indoor Environmental Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)

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