Influence of Gender on Thermal, Air-Movement, Humidity and Air-Quality Perception in Mixed-Mode and Fully Air-Conditioned Offices

Jéssica Kuntz Maykot*, Candi Citadini de Oliveira, Enedir Ghisi, Ricardo Forgiarini Rupp

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Abstract

As gender may influence thermal and air quality perception in indoor environments, the aim of this study was to analyse gender influence on air movement, air humidity, air quality and thermal perception in office buildings in Southern Brazil. Statistical descriptions, regression analyses and hypothesis tests were performed using data collected from field studies conducted in a fully air-conditioned building and in three mixed-mode buildings. In addition, comfort temperatures were estimated through the Griffiths method. Results showed that females tend to feel colder compared to males. Men and women tended to present higher thermal acceptability and thermal comfort in mixed-mode buildings and in fully air-conditioned buildings, respectively. Weak but significant correlations were obtained between some environmental and subjective variables. In general, comfort temperatures were statistically higher for females (24.2 °C) than for males (23.5 °C). Significant gender differences for thermal perceptions of indoor environments were detected.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9722
JournalSustainability
Volume14
Issue number15
Number of pages13
ISSN2071-1050
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Thermal comfort
  • Gender
  • Thermal perception
  • Office buildings
  • Mixed-mode buildings
  • Comfort temperature
  • Air quality
  • Airmovement
  • Air humidity
  • Personalised environmental control systems

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