A Review of occupant responses to localized air distribution systems

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ConferenceHealthy Buildings 2003 : 7th International Conference: 13 July 2003, Singapore
Pages305310; # of pages: 6
SubjectIndoor air
AbstractThis paper is a review of occupant responses to localized (floor and desk mounted) air distribution systems. These systems offer personal control, and can produce good ambient conditions, but few studies have examined their effects on actual occupants. A review of eleven studies suggested these systems can lead to favourable occupant responses, which in some cases exceed those encountered using traditional mixing systems. However, most of the studies included methodological limitations, which reduce the strength of conclusions that can be drawn. It was unclear whether improvements occurred because occupants adjusted their personal controls to achieve better physical conditions, or whether perceived control affectedresponses, irrespective of whether it was exercised. Alternatively, it could simply be the case that air delivered at the floor or desk was the most appropriate design for the office spaces tested. Further research is needed on these issues, to guide the design of appropriate air distribution systems.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number46271
NPARC number20378628
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