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Field measurement and subjects' votes assessment on thermal comfort in high-rise hostels in Malaysia

Dahlan, Nur Dalilah, Jones, Phillip John, Alexander, Donald Kneale, Salleh, E. and Dixon, Dylan 2008. Field measurement and subjects' votes assessment on thermal comfort in high-rise hostels in Malaysia. Indoor and Built Environment 17 (4) , pp. 334-345. 10.1177/1420326X08094585

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The need to design for low energy consumption dwellings has induced Malaysian architects to design naturally ventilated high-rise hostels (HH), near the capital, Kuala Lumpur. Objective and subjective measurements for thermal comfort investigations were conducted in two high-rise university hostels located in Universiti Malaya, Petaling Jaya (HH1) and Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang (HH2) from May 12 to June 19 in 2007. Eighteen rooms located at first, fifth, and top floor of each HH were measured for different orientations. The measured rooms were naturally ventilated with ceiling fans. Thermal comfort variables were measured prior to the subjective measurement. A total of 208 student occupants responded to the questionnaire. Subjects with 6 months and over living experience in those HH were selected randomly. This study was aimed: (1) to assess the indoor microclimate of each naturally ventilated HH, (2) to identify student occupants' thermal sensation during rainy and clear day, and (3) to simulate the neutral operating temperature for rooms in naturally ventilated high-rise hostels. Findings revealed that room in HH1 which is located on high land and shaded has a more constant operating temperature distribution than rooms in HH2 that is located on lower land and un-shaded. Operating temperature ranges for HH1 and HH2 were 27—31°C and 26—41°C, respectively. Results suggested that there is also a possibility that thermal comfort is achievable in shaded naturally ventilated hostels with a window-to-wall ratio of 0.35 where the internal—external relative humidity is above 70% RH, especially in south-facing rooms.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thermal comfort; Operating temperature; Questionnaire survey; Clothing insulation; Subjects' thermal sensation vote; Rainy day; Clear day; PMV
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1420-326X
Last Modified: 05 May 2022 09:11

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