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Buildings 2014, 4(3), 437-452; doi:10.3390/buildings4030437

Investigation of Comfort Temperature and Occupant Behavior in Japanese Houses during the Hot and Humid Season

Department of Restoration Ecology and Built Environment, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Tokyo City University, 3-3-1 Ushikubo-nishi, Tsuzuki-ku, Yokohama 224-8551, Japan
Received: 29 April 2014 / Revised: 26 June 2014 / Accepted: 19 August 2014 / Published: 26 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Low Carbon Housing Design: Selected Papers from 2013 PLEA Conference)
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In order to clarify the comfort temperature and to investigate the behavioral adaptation in Japanese houses, we have conducted a thermal comfort survey and occupant behavior survey in 30 living rooms during the hot and humid season in the Kanto region of Japan. We collected 3991 votes from 52 subjects. The comfort temperature was predicted by Griffiths’ method. They are analyzed according to humidity levels and compared with the adaptive model. The logistic regression analysis was conducted in order to understand occupant behavior. The mean comfort temperature in naturally ventilated mode is 27.6 °C which is within the acceptable zone of the adaptive model. The comfort temperature is related with skin moisture sensation. The results showed that the residents adapt to the hot and humid environments by increasing the air movement using behavioral adaptation such as window opening and fan use. View Full-Text
Keywords: houses; thermal comfort survey; Probit analysis; Griffiths method; humidity; comfort temperature; adaptive model; occupant behavior; window opening; fan use houses; thermal comfort survey; Probit analysis; Griffiths method; humidity; comfort temperature; adaptive model; occupant behavior; window opening; fan use
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Rijal, H.B. Investigation of Comfort Temperature and Occupant Behavior in Japanese Houses during the Hot and Humid Season. Buildings 2014, 4, 437-452.

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