Post-Occupancy Evaluation of State Schools in 5 Climatic Zones of Chile

ARMIJO, Gabriela; WHITMAN, Christopher J.; CASALS, Roberto
April 2011
Gazi University Journal of Science;2011, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p365
Academic Journal
This paper presents the results of a study, commissioned by the Chilean Ministry of Education and UNESCO, of hygro-thermal comfort, visual comfort, acoustics and indoor air quality, as experienced in selected classrooms of 8 state schools located in distinct climatic zones in Chile. Using a post-occupancy evaluation methodology developed by the authors, 14 classrooms were evaluated with visual analysis, questionnaires and insitu measurements over a 5 day period. Although limited in its duration, the study clearly highlighted deficits in each of the areas of study; these included unacceptable sound pollution arising from transport; overheating due to excessive solar gain; insufficient heating and poorly insulated building fabric; poor indoor air quality; and poor day and electric lighting.


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