GASPRO International Journal of Eminent Scholars
ADOPTION OF NATURAL VENTILATION STRATEGIES FOR THERMAL COMFORT: A CASE STUDY OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORP ORIENTATION CAMP, UYO, AKWA IBOM STATE
The study examined the adoption of thermal comfort and natural ventilation strategies: a case study of the national youth service corp orientation camp, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. In carrying out the study, a need assessment survey design (personal interaction and oral interview) was adopted. The targeted population for the study comprised all staff and youth Corp members of the National Youth Service Corp Orientation Camp, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. This shall include people with disability. It will also include all the architects, civil engineers, structural engineers and mechanical engineers in Akwa Ibom State. A proportionate stratified random sampling technique will be used to select the respondents which will include 5 staff and 100 National Youth Service Corp members. Others include 30 architects, 20 civil engineers, 20 structural engineers and 10 mechanical engineers from Akwa Ibom State. This gave a total of 185 respondents used for the study. The instrument used for data collection was a structured questionnaire titled “Adoption of Thermal Comfort and Natural Ventilation Strategies Questionnaire (ATCNVSQ)”. Face and content validation of the instrument was carried out by an expert in test, measurement and evaluation in order to ensure that the instrument has the accuracy, appropriateness, and completeness for the study under consideration. The reliability coefficient obtained was 0.89, and this was high enough to justify the use of the instrument. Descriptive and inferential statistics was used by the researcher. For the research questions mean statistics was used in answering them while the hypotheses were tested using dependent t-test, one-way analysis of variance and Pearson Product Correlation Analysis. The study concluded that the adaptable buildings are widely recognized as intrinsic to a sustainable built environment. In principle, a building that can last while its parts gradually change will place a lighter load on natural and human resources and provide value to future generations. Further, if the parts that do change over time are designed for assembly, disassembly and reuse, if not recycling, this is an additional benefit in the service of a sustainable future. One of the recommendations made was that enlightenment should be made to the youth corpers on how to manage building structure to continue to maintain adequate ventilation and comfort of the orientation camp.
KEYWORDS: Thermal Comfort, Natural Ventilation, Strategies, National Youth Service Corp, Orientation Camp, Uyo and Akwa Ibom State.
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