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Summer 2019


Sustainable urban development, City planning -- Environmental aspects, Partnership, Cooperation, Cities and towns, Universities and colleges, Climatic changes


This study examined the effectiveness of the passive cooling strategies in the Karl Miller Center (KMC) at Portland State University. Due to the warm temperatures reached in Portland during the summer months and the absence of a mechanical cooling system on the Pavilion side of the KMC, classrooms can exceed thermal comfort preferences on a number of occasions. Previous studies have recommended taking certain classrooms “offline” after 12pm in the summer, where they are only available for morning classes. This study aimed to update the classroom prioritization as well as analyze the employed cooling strategies and begin a long term air quality study. A survey was distributed to students taking summer classes in the KMC Pavilion with questions regarding their thermal comfort, air quality perceptions, and knowledge of the in-room window and ceiling fan controls. The responses were analyzed in conjunction with indoor and outdoor temperature data and input from stakeholders around the PSU campus.

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