Effect of changing window type and ventilation strategy on indoor thermal environment of existing garment factories in Bangladesh

HOSSAIN, Mohataz, LAU, Benson, WILSON, Robin and FORD, Brian (2017). Effect of changing window type and ventilation strategy on indoor thermal environment of existing garment factories in Bangladesh. Architectural Science Review, 60 (4), 299-315.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents two workable solutions that can significantly improve the indoor thermal environment within workspaces in existing ready-made garment (RMG) factories in the tropical climatic context of Bangladesh. The research involved field studies in three multi-storey factory buildings, interviews with workers and owners and simulation studies. Field data indicated that the existing window configurations and limiting the ventilation strategy to occupied hours caused overheating of the indoor environment. Among a list of proposals, the building owners saw value in implementing two solutions (i.e. altering existing window type to one with a higher effective opening area and adopting a night-time ventilation strategy) in their existing buildings as well as proposed new buildings. To quantify the benefits, a validated simulation study was conducted. The findings confirm that these two interventions can provide reductions of up to 23% in overheated working hours and in so doing, improve workers’ thermal comfort and well-being.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1201 Architecture; 1202 Building; 1203 Design Practice and Management; Architecture
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/00038628.2017.1337557
    Page Range: 299-315
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 22 May 2020 12:06
    Last Modified: 22 May 2020 12:15
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26117

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