A survey on indoor comfort and energy consumption in a care home

Fan Wang, Rebecca Olej, Amanda Nioi

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This report presents a feasibility study carried out in a Care Home in Edinburgh from December 2016 to March 2017. The aim of the study is to test a set of methods to assess room comfort and energy efficiency. The methods consist of a literature review on indoor comfort for older occupants, a survey on both objective and subjective thermal & humidity comfort in 10 selected rooms and an energy performance assessment for the building. The review suggests an idea comfort zone of 22-24C and 45%-60% for older people in care homes. The objective assessment shows that less than 1% of the time the room hygrothermal conditions were within the suggested comfort zone. The subjective assessment carried out using a questionnaire survey reveals 70% of the subjects felt “warm” and “slightly warm” on thermal site and 30% voted “slightly dry” on humidity side. The energy assessment, using standard methods, shows that the care home had a fair energy performance when compared against national benchmarks for similar buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference
Subtitle of host publicationDesign to Thrive
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Sue Roaf, Fergus Nicol
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895754
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference 2017: Design to Thrive - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20175 Jul 2017


Conference33rd International on Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference 2017
Abbreviated titlePLEA 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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