A literature review on the relationship between outdoor ventilation rates in offices and occupant satisfaction

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20378680
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleResearch Report (National Research Council Canada. Institute for Research in Construction); no. IRC-RR-160
Physical description32 p.
SubjectOpen-plan offices [cubicles]; Ventilation
AbstractThe main aim of office building ventilation is to dilute or remove pollutants and odours that can accumulate as a result of human activities, building materials, furnishings and equipment. The outdoor ventilation rate has the potential to influence occupant satisfaction, health and comfort, particularly in modern office buildings that are typically tightly sealed and ventilated solely through mechanical means. We therefore conducted a literature review to examine the relationship between outdoor ventilation rates and the primary COPE project outcome, namely occupant satisfaction. Occupant satisfaction was operationalised both as direct ratings of indoor air quality made by office occupants (ie. satisfaction with and perceptions of aspects of indoor air quality) and indirectly through the use of sick building syndrome symptom reports. We were particularly interested to provide a context from which to select a reasonable and realistic outdoor ventilation rate to apply in experimental studies conducted within the COPE project.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC numberNRC-IRC-14302
NPARC number20378680
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Record created2012-07-24
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