First step in energy efficiency, environmental comfort and sustainability of buildings in Panama: environmental perception of users of the Head Office of the National Bank of Panama

Electricity consumption in Panama City has increased due to constant use of air conditioning units in the whole internal volume of numerous buildings. In order to reduce the electricity consumption in buildings, the potential of transition spaces was analyzed. The ground floor area, categorized as t...

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Main Authors: Segundo, Diego, Araúz, Ana, Mora, Ariadna, Perén, Jorge Isaac
Format: Artículo
Language: Español
Published: Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá 07/1
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Online Access: http://revistas.utp.ac.pa/index.php/ric/article/view/1458
http://ridda2.utp.ac.pa/handle/123456789/154
Summary: Electricity consumption in Panama City has increased due to constant use of air conditioning units in the whole internal volume of numerous buildings. In order to reduce the electricity consumption in buildings, the potential of transition spaces was analyzed. The ground floor area, categorized as transition space, of the Headquarters of the National Bank of Panama was used as a study case. A survey was conducted to determine the environmental perception, thermal and light comfort sensation of building occupants. Climatic, socioeconomic, psychological and metabolic factors were considered when determining environmental comfort. The result indicates that the majority (80% to 88%) of users that participate in a survey feel comfortable. Building users perceive a fresh temperature as comfortable and are pleased with the daylight level in the ground floor area. This demonstrates that transition spaces are a feasible solution in terms of sustainable design and energy efficiency in tropical humid climates.