Thermal Comfort Standards and Building Energy Use in Philippine Office Environments

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    Andamon, Mary Myla
    2006 Conference Papers
    Building and Energy


ABSTRACT: Comfort has become synonymous with the consumption of applied energy. As global
concern about the environment increases (e.g. consumption of scarce and diminishing energy
resources), it is timely to look into the relationship between comfort practices in the built environment
engendered by comfort standards and building energy use, particularly in office buildings. This paper
builds on the findings of the thermal comfort field study carried out in air conditioned office buildings in
Makati City (Manila), Philippines to investigate the applicability of the universal values of comfort
temperatures recommended by international comfort standards. It reports on how the comfort
preferences and perception of the Filipino office workers bear on building energy use and consumption
and the consequent societal implications.


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