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Title: Occupant's indoor comfort perceptions through thermal, visual & acoustic assessments in typical multi-storey hostels in Malaysia
Author: Dahlan, Nur Dalilah
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 7781
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2009
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This study focuses on assessing the effects of the indoor climate on student occupants in typical multi-storey hostels in Malaysia through objective, subjective and evidence based prioritisation measurements. The objective measurements consisted of operative temperature daylight ratio luminance and sound pressure level. The subjective measurements were sampled from the student occupants' thermal, visual, acoustic and overall indoor comfort votes. The prioritisation measurement using Multiple Linear Regression and Friedman Tests assessed the relationship between physical indoor thermal, visual and acoustic conditions and students' overall indoor comfort perception vote. The investigations were conducted throughout a two month period starting form 12th May until 3rd July 2007. The hostels selected were namely, Twelfth Residential College, Universiti Malaya (H1) Eleventh Residential College, Universiti Putra Malaysia (H2) and Murni Student Apartment, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (H3). These hostels were located in the Klang Valley district. In general, the findings showed that despite the temperature, daylight ratio and sound pressure level differences recorded in the objective measurement, the subjective surveys showed almost identical thermal, visual and acoustic comfort perception votes (i.e.: within the neutral vote category) regardless of the room location (i.e.: floor level and orientations) in each hostel. However, comparison between thermal comfort responses from student occupants in different hostels showed that occupants staying in shaded rooms (in HI) were slightly cooler than the ones staying in un-shaded rooms (in H2 and H3). There was a corresponding different in temperature of 3° C between the un-shaded and shaded rooms.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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