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The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal is an Open Access online journal which publishes original research articles, review/mini-review articles, short articles (letters) and guest edited single topic issues in all areas of construction and building technology. The journal encourages submissions related to the following fields of construction and building technology:


  • New Works and Repair /Maintenance of All Civil Engineering Structures


  • Cement, Concrete Reinforcement, Bricks and Mortars


  • Modeling of mechanical properties of structural materials


  • Soft Computing Techniques in Structural Engineering and Materials


  • Structural design, diagnostics, and health monitoring


  • Additives


  • Corrosion Technology


  • Ceramics


  • Timber


  • Steel


  • Polymers


  • Glass Fibres


The Open Construction & Building Technology Journal , a peer reviewed journal, is an important and reliable source of current information on important developments and research in the field. The emphasis will be on publishing quality papers rapidly and making them freely available to researchers worldwide.


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Field Survey on Human Thermal Comfort Reports in Air-Conditioned Offices in Taiwan

Ruey Lung Hwang, Ming-Jen Cheng

Field experiments, conducted in 29 air-conditioned offices, used survey questionnaires and physical measurements to investigate workers’ subjective thermal responses and comfort perception. A total of 650 individuals participated in the field study. The thermal neutrality and thermal preference of subjects occurred at 25.6°C and 24.1°C respectively. Responses from those subjects suggest a comfort temperature range is 23.8–27.5ºC, that shifts to slightly warmer temperatures by about 0.5ºC as comparing to comfort zone recommended in ASHRAE standard 55. Responses from subjects also indicate that people in Taiwan have a leniency toward the humidity guideline in ASHRAE standard 55, due to acclimate to the humid climate. The findings were compared with the similar studies in hot-humid climate.


December 7, 2007
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