Evaluation of the indoor environmental quality in 10 office buildings in Greece using a post-occupant evaluation strategy based on the application of a web-based tool
This article results from the joint work of QUANTUM partners Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Athens and Factor4 and was presented by the University of Athens partners ant the 16th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET 2017) in July 2017 in Bologna.
The quality of indoor work environment is proved to have a direct effect on the employee’s productivity, job satisfaction and health. However, the issue of indoor environmental quality in not often considered due to financial, administrative and technical reasons resulting in inappropriate working conditions. The aim of the present study is to provide a simple, yet efficient solution for the evaluation of buildings performance, considering the complexity of the indoor environment. To this end, an assessment tool, called “Comfortmeter” has been developed in order to identify critical situations and to provide a set of suggested improvements. The Comfortmeter is the result of a collaboration between international authorities and organizations involved in efficient, sustainable and high performance office buildings. The tool focuses on 6 subjects: lighting, acoustics, thermal comfort, office environment, air quality and individual control. The assessment has been performed in 10 office buildings in Greece with the following procedure: An online survey has been administrated among the employees and the responses are statistically analyzed guaranteed all confidentiality issues. The outcome is an analysis, a) presenting the current comfort conditions of the building, b) indicating issues of attention, c) suggesting measures of improvement d) providing financial indicators of productivity advantage and productivity improvement potential in €/year.
QUANTUM Project Meeting in Prague
QUANTUM partners visiting another two demo buildings during the Steering Committee meeting in Prague on the 1st and 2nd of December 2016
QUANTUM Performance Test Bench at GLT User Conference 2016
Stefan Plesser introduced and promoted the Performance Test Bench tool to an audience from building industry and research.
Sustainable Places 2016: join QUANTUM global analysis and examine your building for free!
QUANTUM tools were presented and discussed at Sustainable Places International Conference 2016 in Anglet (France). Attention increased on the Comfortmeter which will analyse 120 European buildings.