Volume 6, Issue 6, November 2017, Page: 93-103
Evaluation of Occupant Comfort in Office Buildings in Ghana
Morkporkpor Delight Sedzro, Marine Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Regional Maritime University, Tema, Ghana; Brew Hammond Energy Centre, KNUST, Ghana
Daniel Vindex Kwabla Domeh, Marine Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Regional Maritime University, Tema, Ghana
Augustus Addy-Lamptey, Marine Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Regional Maritime University, Tema, Ghana
Received: Aug. 26, 2017;       Accepted: Sep. 26, 2017;       Published: Dec. 15, 2017
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijrse.20170606.11      View  1493      Downloads  78
Abstract
Occupant comfort, ranging from acoustic to thermal has been shown to affect health and work productivity in office buildings. Thus, the need to understand the link between these factors and work productivity considering Ghana’s recent growth in office infrastructure triggered by development in its economy cannot be overlooked. In this study, the office buildings of two institutions are evaluated based on eight categories of institution, age, gender, thermal, acoustic and visual comfort and other parameters such as smell and indoor aesthetics. Overall, 115 occupants responded to the survey questionnaire. The results show the female occupants more unsatisfied with certain parameters such as thermal comfort and lighting, compared to the males. Occupants above the age of 50 towards the retirement age of 60 were also satisfied with the acoustic and internal aesthetic of their workspace. The results serve as a guide to remodeling of any office space in line with improvements of the office building.
Keywords
User Satisfaction, Indoor Environmental Quality, Thermal Comfort, Visual Comfort, Acoustic Comfort, Internal Layout and Aesthetics, Smell, Ghana
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Morkporkpor Delight Sedzro, Daniel Vindex Kwabla Domeh, Augustus Addy-Lamptey, Evaluation of Occupant Comfort in Office Buildings in Ghana, International Journal of Sustainable and Green Energy. Vol. 6, No. 6, 2017, pp. 93-103. doi: 10.11648/j.ijrse.20170606.11
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