Environmental Control: Repercussions (03-14-17)

Shahzad and her team studied some of the implications of user control over temperature in their work areas.  The investigators “compared a workplace, which was designed entirely based on individual control over the thermal environment, to an environment that limited thermal control was provided as a secondary option for fine-tuning: Norwegian cellular and British open plan offices. The Norwegian approach provided each user with control over a window, door, blinds, heating and cooling as the main thermal control system. In contrast, the British practice provided a uniform thermal environment with limited openable windows and blinds to refine the thermal environment for occupants seated around the perimeter of the building. . . . The results showed a 30% higher satisfaction and 18% higher comfort level in the Norwegian offices compared to the British practices. However, the energy consumption of the Norwegian case studies was much higher compared to the British ones.”

Sally Shahzad, John Brennan, Dimitris Theodossopoulos, Ben Hughes and John Calautit.  2017.  “A Study of the Impact of Individual Thermal Control on User Comfort in the Workplace:  Norwegian Cellular Vs. British Open Plan Offices.”  Architectural Science Review, vol. 60,no. 1, pp. 49-61.