Perceived Thermal Environment of NaturallyVentilated Classrooms in India

Creative Space

View Publication Info
Field Value
Title Perceived Thermal Environment of NaturallyVentilated Classrooms in India
Creator Ramprasad Vittal
Subbaiyan Gnanasambandam
Subject Thermal environment
Adaptive thermal comfort
Adaptive opportunities
Field Study
Description A ield study of thermal environment in naturally ventilated classrooms was conducted in the Department of Architecture at the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India. The study included 176 architecture students and was conducted over ive days during the comparatively cool months of December and January. The results show that 82% of participants voted for ‘comfortable’ on the thermal sensation scale. Cross tabulation of thermal sensation and thermal preference shows that 50% of those who voted within the ‘neutral’ thermal sensation range preferred cooler temperatures and 43% wanted no change. Classroom temperature was acceptable to 85% of students and unacceptable to 15% of students. Perceived thermal sensation tends toward the cool side (mean -0.26). Regression analysis yielded a comfort zone (voting within -1 and +1) of 26.9–30.8 °C, with neutral temperature of 29.0 °C. Standard adaptive comfort models yielded lower temperature than ield indings.
Publisher Chitkara University Publications
Date 2016-01-04
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source Creative Space; Vol 3 No 2 (2016): Technology of Building; 149-165
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Ramprasad Vittal & Subbaiyan Gnanasambandam

Contact Us

The PKP Index is an initiative of the Public Knowledge Project.

For PKP Publishing Services please use the PKP|PS contact form.

For support with PKP software we encourage users to consult our wiki for documentation and search our support forums.

For any other correspondence feel free to contact us using the PKP contact form.

Find Us


Copyright © 2015-2018 Simon Fraser University Library