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Association between Building Characteristics and Indoor Environmental Quality through Post-Occupancy Evaluation

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School of Architecture and Urbanism, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Benjamin Constant Street, 1359, Pelotas 96010-020, Brazil
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Group of Construction Research and Innovation (GRIC), Department of Project and Construction Engineering (DPCE), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Colom, 11, Ed. TR5, 08222 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Costanzo
Energies 2021, 14(6), 1659; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14061659
Received: 23 February 2021 / Revised: 9 March 2021 / Accepted: 15 March 2021 / Published: 17 March 2021
Post-occupancy evaluations are common tools used to periodically assess Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in tertiary buildings. Although the large amount of data collected from surveys contain valuable information, the influence of building characteristics on IEQ considering the different uses of the rooms and different types of occupants is rarely considered in the evaluation. This study presents an analysis of the association between building characteristics and IEQ in different building rooms (classrooms and offices) and different occupants (students and lecturers) using a post occupancy evaluation survey to 1013 occupants in 26 higher educational buildings in Spain under a Mediterranean climate. This research demonstrated that building characteristics influence IEQ perceptions of the different rooms in tertiary education buildings. The possibility of controlling the lighting, shadows or heating, ventilation air or conditioning (HVAC) systems are the most influential factors when analyzing IEQ. The findings of this research are of interest to facility managers aiming at implementing energy efficiency measures based on user-centric satisfaction or developing maintenance plans focused on IEQ enhancement. View Full-Text
Keywords: building characteristics; indoor environmental quality; post occupancy evaluation; occupant’s satisfaction building characteristics; indoor environmental quality; post occupancy evaluation; occupant’s satisfaction
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Bortolini, R.; Forcada, N. Association between Building Characteristics and Indoor Environmental Quality through Post-Occupancy Evaluation. Energies 2021, 14, 1659. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14061659

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Bortolini R, Forcada N. Association between Building Characteristics and Indoor Environmental Quality through Post-Occupancy Evaluation. Energies. 2021; 14(6):1659. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14061659

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Bortolini, Rafaela, and Núria Forcada. 2021. "Association between Building Characteristics and Indoor Environmental Quality through Post-Occupancy Evaluation" Energies 14, no. 6: 1659. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14061659

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