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Comfort of workers in office buildings: The European HOPE project

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Author: Bluyssen, P.M. · Aries, M. · Dommelen, P. van
Source:Building and Environment, 1, 46, 280-288
Identifier: 409220
Keywords: Office buildings · Perceived comfort · Personal, social and building factors · Comfort response · Energy-efficient buildings · Indoor air quality · Optimisations · Perceived comfort · Personal, social and building factors · Self-administered questionnaire · Air quality · Indoor air pollution · Office buildings · Regression analysis · Reliability analysis · Principal component analysis · Air quality · Building · Indoor air · Principal component analysis · Questionnaire survey · Workplace · Buildings and Infrastructure · Built Environment · Built Environment Human · BAI - Buildings and Infrastructure LS - Life Style · Themalijn BSS - Behavioural and Societal Sciences


Previous studies have shown that building, social and personal factors can influence one's perceived health and comfort. The aim of the underlying study was to get a better understanding of the relationships between these factors and perceived comfort. Self-administered questionnaires from 5732 respondents in 59 office buildings and building-specific data from the European Health Optimisation Protocol for Energy-efficient buildings (HOPE) study were used. Principal Component Analysis (PCA), reliability analyses, and linear regression analysis were performed. The outcome showed that perceived comfort is strongly influenced by several personal, social and building factors and that their relationships are complex. Results showed that perceived comfort is much more than the average of perceived indoor air quality, noise, lighting and thermal comfort responses. Perceived comfort is a phenomenon that deserves more research. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.