The effect of indoor environmental quality on occupants' perception of performance: A case study of refurbished historic buildings in Malaysia

Syahrul Nizam Kamaruzzaman, C. O. Egbu, Emma Marinie Ahmad Zawawi, Azlan Shah Ali, Adi Irfan Che Ani

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This paper presents an assessment of occupants' opinion of the internal environment of buildings, based upon their responses to questions relating to a range of discrete factors. The survey considers many aspects of the internal environment and seeks to gain occupants responses to each of these in terms of "User Satisfaction" and "Degree of Importance". The questionnaire utilised a seven-point bi-polar scale to score these responses against each of the factors. In addition, the questionnaire elicits a 'fingerprint' that combines up to 22 factors relating to satisfaction with the building. The study documents and considers aspects of the building environment for which the users noted that they were least satisfied as well as those that are considered by the occupants as being of most importance. It is critical that sustainable development results not just in resource conservation, but also in increasing productivity and occupant well-being within buildings. This study hopes to provide insight for the design community on the perceptions of occupants in relation to building performance based on indoor environmental quality (IEQ) criteria. It also seeks to add to the growing body of research on sustainable design and occupants' perception of IEQ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-413
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy and Buildings
Volume43
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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Keywords

  • Environmental quality
  • Historical buildings
  • Malaysia
  • Occupants feedback

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  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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The effect of indoor environmental quality on occupants' perception of performance : A case study of refurbished historic buildings in Malaysia. / Kamaruzzaman, Syahrul Nizam; Egbu, C. O.; Zawawi, Emma Marinie Ahmad; Ali, Azlan Shah; Che Ani, Adi Irfan.

In: Energy and Buildings, Vol. 43, No. 2-3, 02.2011, p. 407-413.

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Kamaruzzaman, Syahrul Nizam ; Egbu, C. O. ; Zawawi, Emma Marinie Ahmad ; Ali, Azlan Shah ; Che Ani, Adi Irfan. / The effect of indoor environmental quality on occupants' perception of performance : A case study of refurbished historic buildings in Malaysia. In: Energy and Buildings. 2011 ; Vol. 43, No. 2-3. pp. 407-413.
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