A research project is designed to evaluate different aspects affecting human comfort in an architectural space. One of the basic parts of the research project is the evaluation of the auditory, visual and thermal comfort. A university library in Istanbul is selected as the subject of the research. The library building, which has unusual settlement and design peculiarities, is an interesting case from acoustical view point as well, because of the closeness to a heavy traffic road and architectural properties. This study deals with the investigation and the evaluation of the library building from physical environment comfort conditions. Measurements are repeated throughout seasons of the year to demonstrate the various effects of the differences that may occur at outdoor and indoor. A questionnaire survey developed for the purpose of the general evaluation of the building is also carried out. The study clearly showed that the library building needs an important renovation in order to improve users comfort.
A survey on auditory, visual, thermal comfort at a library
23rd AIVC and EPIC 2002 Conference (in conjunction with 3rd European Conference on Energy Performance and Indoor Climate in Buildings) "Energy efficient and healthy buildings in sustainable cities", Lyon, France, 23-26 October 2002