Dataset for "Thermal comfort standards in the Middle East: Current and future challenges"

This dataset consists of 1,101 valid thermal comfort votes and 787 incomplete thermal comfort records that were collected between 2017 and 2019, during summer and winter. Each record includes measurement of four physical parameters affecting thermal sensation: air temperature (Ta), mean radiant temperature (Tr), relative humidity (RH), and air movement speed (Va). The measurements were coincident with the time of each individual survey of thermal sensation vote (TSV), to be compared to each other. Data were collected in 31 air-conditioned buildings in Amman, Doha, Dubai, and Jeddah. Measurements were done in four occupancy types: offices, schools, hospital, and mosques.

Thermal comfort, PMV model, Middle East, Thermal comfort codes, Cooling energy demand

Cite this dataset as:
Elnaklah, R., Alnuaimi, A., Alotaibi, B., Topriska, E., 2021. Dataset for "Thermal comfort standards in the Middle East: Current and future challenges". Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from:


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Rana Elnaklah
University of Bath

Badr Alotaibi
Najran University; University of Bath

Evangelia Topriska
Heriot-Watt University


Sukumar Natarajan
University of Bath

University of Bath
Rights Holder


Collection date(s):

From 2017 to 2019


Data collection method:

Four physical parameters affecting thermal sensation – Air Temperature (°C), Mean Radiant Temperature (°C), Relative Humidity (%), Air Movement Speed (m s⁻¹) – were measured in all surveyed buildings coincident with the time of each individual survey.

Technical details and requirements:

Data were collected using the following instruments: 1. SWEMA and HD 32.3, both compliant with ISO 7726 and ISO 7730 standards. 2. Extech HT200 heat stress wet bulb globe thermometer, used to monitor Air Temperature, Mean Radiant Temperature, Relative Humidity. 3. ATP uni-directional hot wire thermo-anemometer, used to simultaneously measure Air Movement Speed.


Al-Ahliyya Amman University

Saudi Arabia Cultural Bureau in London (SACB)

Publication details

Publication date: 4 May 2021
by: University of Bath

Version: 1


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Related papers and books

Elnaklah, R., Alnuaimi, A., Alotaibi, B. S., Topriska, E., Walker, I., and Natarajan, S., 2021. Thermal comfort standards in the Middle East: Current and future challenges. Building and Environment, 200, 107899. Available from:

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Rana Elnaklah


Faculty of Engineering & Design
Architecture & Civil Engineering