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Evaluating indoor environmental performance of laboratories in a Northern Nigerian university

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posted on 2024-04-04, 15:55 authored by Sani Muhammad Ali, Brett Martinson, Sura Al-MaiyahSura Al-Maiyah

Poor environmental comfort in learning spaces can have an impact on the learning capacities of students. It is not unusual to find learning spaces in Nigerian higher institutions in which the indoor environmental qualities do not meet the occupants’ requirements. Despite being in the tropics, where solar radiation is in abundance, Nigerian building industry professionals pay little attention to passive energy utilization. Knowing how buildings perform in the country may appeal to their consciousness in reconsidering this situation. This paper is part of an ongoing study on comfort in higher education facilities involving lecture theatres and laboratories in Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria. Objective and subjective assessments were undertaken during the wet-warm season of August 2016. It reports the assessment conducted on two laboratories, with a view to finding how they perform environmentally in comparison to occupants’ preferences and international comfort standards. Although some of the measured and calculated physical parameters, have not met the thresholds specified by ASHRAE-55 and EN 15251, the respondents expressed their acceptance of the laboratories’ situations subjectively. This is not surprising as these standards are often based on experiments implemented in developed countries, where the severity of the climatic conditions and the culture are dissimilar to sub Saharan Africa.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference

Volume

1

Pages

591 - 598

Source

33rd PLEA International Conference

Publisher

Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings (NCEUB)

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publication date

2017-07-05

Copyright date

2017

ISBN

9780992895754

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Language

  • en

Editor(s)

Luisa Brotas, Sue Roaf, Fergus Nicol

Location

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Event dates

3rd July 2017 - 5th July 2017

Depositor

Dr Sura Al-Maiyah. Deposit date: 1 April 2024

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