Evidence base prioritisation of indoor comfort perceptions in Malaysian typical multi-storey hostels

N. D. Dahlan, P. J. Jones, D. K. Alexander, Elias @ Ilias Salleh, J. Alias

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Abstract

This study focuses on assessing the effects of the indoor climate in typical multi-storey hostels in Malaysia on student occupants through objective, subjective and evidence based prioritisation measurements. The objective measurements consisted of operative temperature; daylight ratio; luminance and indoor noise level. The subjective measurements were sampled from the student occupants' thermal, visual, acoustics and overall indoor comfort votes. The prioritisation measurement using Multiple Linear Regression and Friedman Tests assessed the relationship between physical indoor thermal, visual and acoustics conditions and students' overall indoor comfort perception vote. Findings suggest that subjective sensor ratings were significantly more reliable than objective measurements at predicting overall indoor comfort. Moreover, students living in hostel rooms with projected balconies voted that they were more satisfied with their indoor condition than the ones living in rooms without projected balconies. The results of this study also provide evidence that student occupants were more concerned with their rooms' thermal condition then followed by acoustics and finally visual conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2158-2165
Number of pages8
JournalBuilding and Environment
Volume44
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Acoustic comfort
  • Balcony
  • Prioritisation of indoor comfort
  • Questionnaire survey
  • Thermal comfort
  • Typical multi-storey hostels
  • Visual comfort

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Building and Construction

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Evidence base prioritisation of indoor comfort perceptions in Malaysian typical multi-storey hostels. / Dahlan, N. D.; Jones, P. J.; Alexander, D. K.; Salleh, Elias @ Ilias; Alias, J.

In: Building and Environment, Vol. 44, No. 10, 10.2009, p. 2158-2165.

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Dahlan, N. D. ; Jones, P. J. ; Alexander, D. K. ; Salleh, Elias @ Ilias ; Alias, J. / Evidence base prioritisation of indoor comfort perceptions in Malaysian typical multi-storey hostels. In: Building and Environment. 2009 ; Vol. 44, No. 10. pp. 2158-2165.
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