The Scales Project, a cross-national dataset on the interpretation of thermal perception scales : [Data descriptor]

Schweiker, Marcel and Abdul-Zahra, Amar and André, Maíra and Al-Atrash, Farah and Al-Khatri, Hanan and Alprianti, Rea Risky and Alsaad, Hayder and Amin, Rucha and Ampatzi, Eleni and Arsano, Alpha Yacob and Azadeh, Montazami and Azar, Elie and Bahareh, Bannazadeh and Batagarawa, Amina and Becker, Susanne and Buonocore, Carolina and Cao, Bin and Choi, Joon-Ho and Chun, Chungyoon and Daanen, Hein and Damiati, Siti Aisyah and Daniel, Lyrian and Vecchi, Renata De and Dhaka, Shivraj and Domínguez-Amarillo, Samuel and Dudkiewicz, Edyta and Edappilly, Lakshmi Prabha and Fernández-Agüera, Jesica and Folkerts, Mireille and Frijns, Arjan and Gaona, Gabriel and Garg, Vishal and Gauthier, Stephanie and Jabbari, Shahla Ghaffari and Harimi, Djamila and Hellwig, Runa T. and Huebner, Gesche M. and Jin, Quan and Jowkar, Mina and Kania, Renate and Kim, Jungsoo and King, Nelson and Kingma, Boris and Koerniawan, M. Donny and Kolarik, Jakub and Kumar, Shailendra and Kwok, Alison and Lamberts, Roberto and Laska, Marta and Lee, M. C. Jeffrey and Lee, Yoonhee and Lindermayr, Vanessa and Mahaki, Mohammadbagher and Marcel-Okafor, Udochukwu and Marín-Restrepo, Laura and Marquardsen, Anna and Martellotta, Francesco and Mathur, Jyotirmay and McGill, Gráinne and Mino-Rodriguez, Isabel and Mou, Di and Moujalled, Bassam and Nakajima, Mia and Ng, Edward and Okafor, Marcellinus and Olweny, Mark and Ouyang, Wanlu and Papst de Abreu, Ana Ligia and Pérez-Fargallo, Alexis and Rajapaksha, Indrika and Ramos, Greici and Rashid, Saif and Reinhart, Christoph F. and Rivera, Ma. Isabel and Salmanzadeh, Mazyar and Schakib-Ekbatan, Karin and Schiavon, Stefano and Shooshtarian, Salman and Shukuya, Masanori and Soebarto, Veronica and [Unknown], Suhendri and Tahsildoost, Mohammad and Tartarini, Federico and Teli, Despoina and Tewari, Priyam and Thapa, Samar and Trebilcock, Maureen and Trojan, Jörg and Tukur, Ruqayyatu B. and Voelker, Conrad and Yam, Yeung and Yang, Liu and Zapata-Lancaster, Gabriela and Zhai, Yongchao and Zhu, Yingxin and Zomorodian, Zahra Sadat (2019) The Scales Project, a cross-national dataset on the interpretation of thermal perception scales : [Data descriptor]. Scientific Data, 6 (1). 289. ISSN 2052-4463

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    Abstract

    Thermal discomfort is one of the main triggers for occupants’ interactions with components of the built environment such as adjustments of thermostats and/or opening windows and strongly related to the energy use in buildings. Understanding causes for thermal (dis-)comfort is crucial for design and operation of any type of building. The assessment of human thermal perception through rating scales, for example in post-occupancy studies, has been applied for several decades; however, long-existing assumptions related to these rating scales had been questioned by several researchers. The aim of this study was to gain deeper knowledge on contextual influences on the interpretation of thermal perception scales and their verbal anchors by survey participants. A questionnaire was designed and consequently applied in 21 language versions. These surveys were conducted in 57 cities in 30 countries resulting in a dataset containing responses from 8225 participants. The database offers potential for further analysis in the areas of building design and operation, psycho-physical relationships between human perception and the built environment, and linguistic analyses.