Literature Review Open Access

Impact of Building Function on Thermal Comfort: A Review Paper

Mamdooh S. Alwetaishi1
  • 1 Taif University, Saudi Arabia


One of the most problems for achieving thermal comfort in buildings is disregarding the impact of different types of building use. They are differ depending on the activity style they perform inside. In residential buildings, for instance, variations in indoor temperature is more acceptable than the case in hotels or hospitals. This review is leading to seek a solution for this problem which usually found neglected. Consequently, the selection of the reviewed papers was based on building use. Main factors affecting thermal comfort will be discussed. In addition, focus on the effect of building's function on thermal comfort such as residential buildings, office buildings, heath care buildings and educational buildings. As far as environmental aspects affecting thermal comfort, air temperature was found to be the most effective one among the rest. Moreover, the effect of building function on adaptive thermal comfort has been discussed with reference to residential, office, healthcare and educational buildings. It has to be considered that there is a noticeable effect on the different types of building in terms of its impact on the users.

American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 9 No. 4, 2016, 928-945


Submitted On: 23 August 2016 Published On: 2 November 2016

How to Cite: Alwetaishi, M. S. (2016). Impact of Building Function on Thermal Comfort: A Review Paper. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 9(4), 928-945.

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  • Thermal Comfort
  • Review Paper
  • Thermal Comfort in Building
  • Educational Buildings
  • Office Buildings