Completing the Missing Puzzle Piece of the Building Design Process: Modeling and Identifying Occupants' Satisfaction Level in Commercial Buildings

Ehsan Mostavi, Somayeh Asadi, Issa J. Ramaji

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Abstract

Occupants' satisfaction is becoming a more important issue in our modern competitive work system. Satisfaction is largely a state of mind depending on many different parameters. There are various strong evidences indicating that building characteristics and the quality of indoor environment significantly influence the level of satisfaction and efficiency of occupants in commercial buildings. In order to increase the overall satisfaction level, decision makers should face the challenge to identify and apply those strategies that have the highest probability to satisfy building occupants. While the benefits of occupants' satisfaction improvement are acknowledged, the impacts of different strategies and their expected results have not been quantitatively described. This paper presents a methodology for developing a quantitative model to measure the overall satisfaction of occupants in commercial buildings associated with indoor environment quality such as lighting, temperature satisfaction, etc. A survey is design to collect the associated data. In addition, three different models including simple multi-variate regression model, model based on the normalized averages of weightings, and refined normalized weightings have been developed to quantify the overall satisfaction of occupants. These models will help to identify the most influential factors affecting their satisfaction. In addition, a probability distribution of weighing for each aspect through the studied population is presented which will be a beneficial tool to estimate the outcomes of different strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2016
Subtitle of host publicationOld and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016
EditorsJose L. Perdomo-Rivera, Carla Lopez del Puerto, Antonio Gonzalez-Quevedo, Francisco Maldonado-Fortunet, Omar I. Molina-Bas
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Pages1112-1121
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780784479827
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
EventConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: May 31 2016Jun 2 2016

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan - Proceedings of the 2016 Construction Research Congress, CRC 2016

Other

OtherConstruction Research Congress 2016: Old and New Construction Technologies Converge in Historic San Juan, CRC 2016
CountryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan
Period5/31/166/2/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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