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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(10), 13560-13586; doi:10.3390/ijerph121013560

Thermal Adaptation Methods of Urban Plaza Users in Asia’s Hot-Humid Regions: A Taiwan Case Study

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Department of Horticulture, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan
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Department of Landscape and Urban Design, Chaoyang University of Technology, Taichung 413, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 10 June 2015 / Revised: 28 July 2015 / Accepted: 22 October 2015 / Published: 27 October 2015
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Abstract

Thermal adaptation studies provide researchers great insight to help understand how people respond to thermal discomfort. This research aims to assess outdoor urban plaza conditions in hot and humid regions of Asia by conducting an evaluation of thermal adaptation. We also propose that questionnaire items are appropriate for determining thermal adaptation strategies adopted by urban plaza users. A literature review was conducted and first hand data collected by field observations and interviews used to collect information on thermal adaptation strategies. Item analysis—Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA)—were applied to refine the questionnaire items and determine the reliability of the questionnaire evaluation procedure. The reliability and validity of items and constructing process were also analyzed. Then, researchers facilitated an evaluation procedure for assessing the thermal adaptation strategies of urban plaza users in hot and humid regions of Asia and formulated a questionnaire survey that was distributed in Taichung’s Municipal Plaza in Taiwan. Results showed that most users responded with behavioral adaptation when experiencing thermal discomfort. However, if the thermal discomfort could not be alleviated, they then adopted psychological strategies. In conclusion, the evaluation procedure for assessing thermal adaptation strategies and the questionnaire developed in this study can be applied to future research on thermal adaptation strategies adopted by urban plaza users in hot and humid regions of Asia. View Full-Text
Keywords: thermal adaptation; thermal comfort; coping; qualitative method thermal adaptation; thermal comfort; coping; qualitative method
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Wu, C.-F.; Hsieh, Y.-F.; Ou, S.-J. Thermal Adaptation Methods of Urban Plaza Users in Asia’s Hot-Humid Regions: A Taiwan Case Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 13560-13586.

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