Comfort of workers in office buildings: The European HOPE project

TitleComfort of workers in office buildings: The European HOPE project
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsBluyssen, PM, Aries, M, Van Dommelen, P
JournalBuilding and Environment
Date PublishedJan
ISBN Number0360-1323
Accession NumberWOS:000282407600028

Previous studies have shown that building, social and personal factors can influence one's perceived health and comfort. The aim of the underlying study was to get a better understanding of the relationships between these factors and perceived comfort. Self-administered questionnaires from 5732 respondents in 59 office buildings and building-specific data from the European Health Optimisation Protocol for Energy-efficient buildings (HOPE) study were used. Principal Component Analysis (PCA), reliability analyses, and linear regression analysis were performed. The outcome showed that perceived comfort is strongly influenced by several personal, social and building factors and that their relationships are complex. Results showed that perceived comfort is much more than the average of perceived indoor air quality, noise, lighting and thermal comfort responses. Perceived comfort is a phenomenon that deserves more research. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.