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O edifício da FLUP é um edifício doente? : algumas reflexões sobre o conforto bioclimático em espaços interiores
AbstractThe consecutive complaints of physical and psychological discomfort by a significant number of users of the new Oporto Faculty of Arts building (FLUP), alerted us to the need of distinguish, from a climatological point of view, between the impacts effectively existent in the bioclimatic comfort of employees, students and lecturers, and the usual reserve in relation to any process of change. During the months of January/February 1996, a questionnaire was sub-mitted to 212 students (5.4% of the students population), enrolled in ali the courses lectured at the FLUP This survey revealed a clear climatic discomfort perception, both in classrooms and in areas of recreation and leisure. Approximately 82% of the students considered the classrooms excessive-ly warm, and 90% of these students claimed that they experienced physical and/or mental discomfort. Symptoms recurrently referred by the students in question were headaches, somnolence, difficulty in concentration, drops in blood pressure, vision disturbances and physical fatigue. The results obtained during the temperature, relative humidity and luminosity monitoring, were surprising. Not because these values contradict-ed the thermal discomfort sensation expressed by the interviewees, and perceived by us, but because they showed temperature/relative humidity combinations which were considerably higher than the tolerance limits for human beings.
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