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Reports that custom software to automatically administer questionnaires on computer screens was installed on computers in four open plan offices. Five questions related to thermal comfort were presented twice per day for three months. States results indicate that this new method of subjective data collection was successful and efficient. The participants had few complaints about the method of questionnaire delivery and the results are comparable with those from other field studies of thermal comfort conducted using different methods. The results indicated a greater sensitivity to temperature away from the neutral temperature than theory predicts and that clothing modification may be an important mechanism for achieving thermal comfort.

Keywords: year 1997, Thermal comfort, comfort, questionnaires, computers, USA, offices, open plan spaces, clothing, temperature

Units: SI

Citation: ASHRAE Transactions, Vol.103, Part 2, Boston 1997