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Thermal Comfort for Occupants of Nursing Homes: A Field Study

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • The primary aim of this research was to assess the quality of the thermal environment of six Australian

    nursing homes, and to understand and quantify the impacts of the indoor thermal environment on the

    perceptions and comfort of staff, residents and other occupants. The impact of the thermal environment on

    perceptions and comfort of building occupants of six nursing homes was determined through: 1) a long-term

    building evaluation survey (staff members only); and 2) a point-in-time thermal comfort study, involving 322

    residents and 187 non-residents. In addition, a combination of spot-measurements and long-term monitoring

    of indoor air temperatures was used to assess the overall quality of the thermal environment in the nursing

    homes. Results showed that some facilities did not provide a thermally comfortable environment for occupants

    through both summer and winter seasons, while results from the point-in-time study showed that residents

    preferred warmer temperatures (0.9°C) and generally wore more clothes than non-residents. The article also

    presents a discussion of the applicability of adaptive thermal comfort approaches to assessment of the indoor

    environment in nursing homes and differences between the perceptions/preferences of residents versus staff.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Tartarini, F., Cooper, P. & Fleming, R. (2018). Thermal Comfort for Occupants of Nursing Homes: A Field Study. In L. Brotas, S. Roaf, F. Nicol & M. Humphreys (Eds.), Rethinking Comfort: The Tenth Windsor Conference (pp. 720-737). Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings.

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Abstract


  • The primary aim of this research was to assess the quality of the thermal environment of six Australian

    nursing homes, and to understand and quantify the impacts of the indoor thermal environment on the

    perceptions and comfort of staff, residents and other occupants. The impact of the thermal environment on

    perceptions and comfort of building occupants of six nursing homes was determined through: 1) a long-term

    building evaluation survey (staff members only); and 2) a point-in-time thermal comfort study, involving 322

    residents and 187 non-residents. In addition, a combination of spot-measurements and long-term monitoring

    of indoor air temperatures was used to assess the overall quality of the thermal environment in the nursing

    homes. Results showed that some facilities did not provide a thermally comfortable environment for occupants

    through both summer and winter seasons, while results from the point-in-time study showed that residents

    preferred warmer temperatures (0.9°C) and generally wore more clothes than non-residents. The article also

    presents a discussion of the applicability of adaptive thermal comfort approaches to assessment of the indoor

    environment in nursing homes and differences between the perceptions/preferences of residents versus staff.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • Tartarini, F., Cooper, P. & Fleming, R. (2018). Thermal Comfort for Occupants of Nursing Homes: A Field Study. In L. Brotas, S. Roaf, F. Nicol & M. Humphreys (Eds.), Rethinking Comfort: The Tenth Windsor Conference (pp. 720-737). Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings.

Start Page


  • 720

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  • 737