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Overheating risk evaluation of school classrooms

Overheating risk evaluation of school classrooms
Overheating risk evaluation of school classrooms
This paper presents a pilot study which considers the overheating risk of classrooms in school buildings. Four schools in Southampton in the South of the UK, constructed during the period of the 1950s- 1980s were used as case study examples. The schools were studied in terms of the parameters or the combination of parameters that may drive classroom overheating. Topographic features, built-up area, urban density, adjacency to roads and parks and other characteristics such as building form and materials were assessed, looking at the urban, building and classroom scale. In addition to this a questionnaire survey was conducted to assess the teachers’ perception of their classrooms’ thermal environment. The survey responses are discussed and compared to the outcomes of the school parameter analysis, also considering the limitations of the survey approach. It was found that gaining an understanding of the occupants’ perception of the thermal conditions in a school’s classrooms is essential for developing recommendations for addressing overheating. The study appears to indicate that individual perception of overheating may outweigh the objective influence of urban design and construction parameters on the indoor thermal conditions.
school buildings, overheating, microclimate, refurbishment, classroom
1821-1828
Teli, Despoina
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Jentsch, M.F.
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James, P.A.B.
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Bahaj, A.S.
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Teli, Despoina, Jentsch, M.F., James, P.A.B. and Bahaj, A.S. (2011) Overheating risk evaluation of school classrooms. Proceedings, World Renewable Energy Congress 2011, Linköping, Sweden. 07 Apr - 10 May 2011. pp. 1821-1828 .

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This paper presents a pilot study which considers the overheating risk of classrooms in school buildings. Four schools in Southampton in the South of the UK, constructed during the period of the 1950s- 1980s were used as case study examples. The schools were studied in terms of the parameters or the combination of parameters that may drive classroom overheating. Topographic features, built-up area, urban density, adjacency to roads and parks and other characteristics such as building form and materials were assessed, looking at the urban, building and classroom scale. In addition to this a questionnaire survey was conducted to assess the teachers’ perception of their classrooms’ thermal environment. The survey responses are discussed and compared to the outcomes of the school parameter analysis, also considering the limitations of the survey approach. It was found that gaining an understanding of the occupants’ perception of the thermal conditions in a school’s classrooms is essential for developing recommendations for addressing overheating. The study appears to indicate that individual perception of overheating may outweigh the objective influence of urban design and construction parameters on the indoor thermal conditions.

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Published date: 7 May 2011
Venue - Dates: Proceedings, World Renewable Energy Congress 2011, Linköping, Sweden, 2011-04-07 - 2011-05-10
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Keywords: school buildings, overheating, microclimate, refurbishment, classroom
Organisations: Energy & Climate Change Group

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Local EPrints ID: 336281
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/336281
PURE UUID: 0e24849c-f984-468e-9102-b4a47d9ba1da
ORCID for Despoina Teli: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7044-0050
ORCID for P.A.B. James: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2694-7054
ORCID for A.S. Bahaj: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0043-6045

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Date deposited: 21 Mar 2012 15:39
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 01:46

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