Evaluating Occupant Comfort in Social Housing Following Building Envelope Upgrades
Steeves Manor, a typical low-rise Social Housing MURB in Vancouver, Canada, was the subject of a case study on the effects of building envelope retrofits on energy consumption and occupant comfort. The building showed signs of extreme interior environments, characteristic of Social Housing MURBs on the west coast of Canada. Using a combination of air infiltration testing, in-situ monitoring and energy simulations, occupant comfort levels were examined in the pre and post-restoration conditions.
The results indicated that the increased thermal performance of the retrofitted structure, in combination with the extreme interior conditions, would substantially decrease occupant comfort. Using Steeves Manor as a case study, this paper will present a summary of the remediation work performed, the modeling procedure, and results of the study.