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IJSTR >> Volume 5 - Issue 5, May 2016 Edition



International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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ISSN 2277-8616



Human Thermal Comfort In Residential House Buildings Of Jimma Town, Southwest Ethiopia.

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AUTHOR(S)

Chali Yadeta, Dante Santiago, Esayas Alemayehu

 

KEYWORDS

Indoor environment, Jimma town, Physical parameters, Residential houses, Thermal comfort, Thermal Discomfort, ventilations.

 

ABSTRACT

Indoor human thermal comfort is an important factor in indoor air quality assessment. Thermal comfort affects human health, work efficiency and overall wellbeing. Thermal discomfort in indoors lowers the emotional and physical health of the occupants. This paper targets to explore human thermal comfort in residential house buildings of Jimma town and state some possible mechanisms to improve the existing thermal discomfort in large number the houses. For the study, 303 structured questionnaires were distributed to the residential houses in thirteen places of the town based on predetermined criteria. The study reveals that human thermal discomfort in residential houses Jimma town are mainly from poor architectural design and improper use of heat generating appliances in indoors. The uses architectural design that suites the present climatic conditions and use of materials that facilitates ventilations will enhance the realization of the required human thermal comfort in residential houses of the study area.

 

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