A survey on indoor environmental condition and energy consumption in a care home setting

Fan Wang, Rebecca Olej, Amanda Nioi

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Abstract

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
Pages1369-1376
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017
Event33rd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Design to Thrive : Design to thrive - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Jul 20175 Jul 2017
https://plea2017.net/

Conference

Conference33rd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Design to Thrive
Abbreviated titlePLEA 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period2/07/175/07/17
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Keywords

  • thermal comfort
  • humidity comfort
  • room hygrothermal conditions
  • care homes
  • older occupants
  • Energy assessment

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    Wang, F., Olej, R., & Nioi, A. (2017). A survey on indoor environmental condition and energy consumption in a care home setting. In Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference : Design to Thrive (Vol. 1, pp. 1369-1376)