The ever-growing demand for a better indoor air quality in residential buildings is increasing the number of whole-house ventilation system installations in new constructions and renovation. In Italy, for residential sector, the national code does not prescribe the use of mechanical ventilation (MV) systems, so their installation is left to the choice of house owners. Two three-storey social housing apartment blocks in Northern Italy were studied. To reduce energy consumption, building envelopes as well as heating systems were refurbished. The thermal insulation was increased and the existing gas heater units were replaced with more efficient radiant ceiling systems. The refurbishment measures were the same for both constructions beside the MV system, which was installed in only one building. Indoor temperature and relative humidity were monitored for several apartments during the heating season. The occupants were surveyed to investigate their thermal comfort and perceived air quality. The occupants were interviewed to better understand their responses, and to know how they operate the heating system and the mechanical ventilation system (when present). Survey results show that there are no differences in terms of thermal comfort and perceived air quality between the occupants of the buildings with and without MV systems. The findings may be related to occupants' behaviour.
|Titolo:||Comfort and perceived air quality in refurbished social houses with mechanical ventialtion system: The impact of occupants behaviour|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Articolo in Atti di convegno|