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Title: Indoor air quality and energy performance of air-conditioned office buildings in Singapore
Authors: Sekhar, S.C. 
Tham, K.W. 
Cheong, K.W. 
Keywords: Air-conditioned office building, building symptom index
Field measurements
Indoor air quality audit
Indoor pollutant standard index
Questionnaire analysis
Tropical building
Issue Date: 2003
Citation: Sekhar, S.C., Tham, K.W., Cheong, K.W. (2003). Indoor air quality and energy performance of air-conditioned office buildings in Singapore. Indoor Air 13 (4) : 315-331. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An integrated indoor air quality (IAQ)-energy audit methodology has been developed in this study in Singapore, which provides a rigorous and systematic method of obtaining the status-quo assessment of an 'IAQ signature' in a building. The methodology entails a multi-disciplinary model in obtaining measured data pertaining to different dimensions within the built environment such as the physical, chemical, biological, ventilation, and occupant response characteristics. This paper describes the audit methodology and presents the findings from five air-conditioned office buildings in Singapore. The research has also led to the development of an indoor pollutant standard index (IPSI), which is discussed in this paper. Other performance indicators such as, the ventilation index and the energy index as well as the building symptom index (BSI) are also presented and discussed in the context of an integrated approach to IAQ and energy. Several correlation attempts were made on the various symptoms, indoor air acceptability, thermal comfort, BSI and IPSI, and while BSI values are found to correlate among them as well as with IAQ and THERMAL COMFORT acceptability, no such correlation was observed between BSI and IPSI. This would suggest that the occupants' perception of symptoms experienced as well as environmental acceptability is quite distinct from IAQ acceptability determined from empirical measurements of indoor pollutants, which reinforces the complex nature of IAQ issues.
Source Title: Indoor Air
ISSN: 09056947
DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0668.2003.00191.x
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