The Scales Project, a cross-national dataset on the interpretation of thermal perception scales

Marcel Schweiker*, Amar Abdul-Zahra, Maria Afonso de Andre, Farah Al-Atrash, Hanan Al-Khatri, Rea Risky Alprianti, Hayder Alsaad, Rucha Amin, Eleni Ampatzi, Alpha Yacob Arsano, Montazami Azadeh, Elie Azar, Bannazadeh Bahareh, Amina Batagarawa, Susanne Becker, Carolina Buonocore, Bin Cao, Joon-Ho Choi, Chungyoon Chun, Hein DaanenSiti Aisyah Damiati, Lyrian Daniel, Renata De Vecchi, Shivraj Dhaka, Samuel Domínguez-Amarillo, Edyta Dudkiewicz, Lakshmi Prabha Edappilly, Jesica Fernández-Agüera, Mireille Folkerts, Arjan Frijns, Gabriel Gaona, Vishal Garg, Stephanie Gauthier, Shahla Ghaffari Jabbari, Djamila Harimi, Runa T. Hellwig, Gesche Huebner, Quan Jin, Mina Jowkar, Renate Kania, Jungsoo Kim, Nelson King, Boris Kingma, M. Donny Koerniawan, Jakub Kolarik, Shailendra Kumar, Alison Kwok, Roberto Lamberts, Marta Laska, Jeffrey M.C. Lee, Vanessa Lindermayr, Mohammadbagher Mahaki, Marcel-Okafor Udochukwu, Laura Marín-Restrepo, Anna Marquardsen, Francesco Martellotta, Jyotirmay Mathur, Gráinne McGill, Isabel Mino-Rodriguez, Di Mou, Bassam Moujalled, Mia Nakajima, Edward Ng, Marcellinus Okafor, Mark Olweny, Wanlu Ouyang, Ana Ligia Papst de Abreu, Alexis Pérez-Fargallo, Indrika Rajapaksha, Greici Ramos, Saif Rashid, Christoph F. Reinhart, Ma Isabel Rivera, Mazyar Salmanzadeh, Karin Schakib‐Ekbatan, Stefano Schiavon, Salman Shooshtarian, Masanori Shukuya, Veronica Soebarto, Suhendri, Mohammad Tahsildoost, Federico Federico Tartarini, Teli Despoina, Priyam Tewari, Samar Thapa, Maureen Trebilcock, Jörg Trojan, Ruqayyatu B. Tukur, Conrad Voelker, Yeung Yam, Liu Yang, Gabriela Zapata-Lancaster, Yongchao Zhai, Yingxin Zhu, Zahra Sadat Zomorodian

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Abstract

Contribution: The methods described below were developed within IEA EBC Annex 69 through several discussion rounds between an international and interdisciplinary group of researchers from the field of thermal comfort – the initial core group. Runa T. Hellwig (R.T.H.) is part of the initial group and contributed to 7 datasets DEHSA, was involved in preparing the English version, translating and piloting the German version and development of methods. Data were collected during my previous work at Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany My work at Aalborg University was supported by the Obelske Familiefond, Denmark. Abstract Thermal discomfort is one of the main triggers for occupants’ interactions with components of the built environment such as adjustments of thermostats and/or opening windows and strongly related to the energy use in buildings. Understanding causes for thermal (dis-)comfort is crucial for design and operation of any type of building. The assessment of human thermal perception through rating scales, for example in post-occupancy studies, has been applied for several decades; however, long-existing assumptions related to these rating scales had been questioned by several researchers. The aim of this study was to gain deeper knowledge on contextual influences on the interpretation of thermal perception scales and their verbal anchors by survey participants. A questionnaire was designed and consequently applied in 21 language versions. These surveys were conducted in 57 cities in 30 countries resulting in a dataset containing responses from 8225 participants. The database offers potential for further analysis in the areas of building design and operation, psycho-physical relationships between human perception and the built environment, and linguistic analyses.
Original languageEnglish
Article number289
JournalScientific Data
Volume6
Number of pages10
ISSN2052-4463
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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