Applying adaptive principles: Developing guidance for planning practice

Runa T. Hellwig, Despoina Teli, Marcel Schweiker, Joon-Ho Choi, Jeffrey M.C. Lee, Rodrigo Mora, Rajan Rawal, Zhaojun Wang, Farah Al-Atrash

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Abstract

One of the major challenges of building industry today is to provide indoor spaces allowing the occupants to make themselves comfortable while achieving low energy consumption. Considering the observed increasing temperatures and a more extreme climate, this becomes even more urgent and difficult to accomplish. It is therefore necessary to rely on approaches than contribute to sustainable building design, such as the adaptive approach to thermal comfort which postulates that people are not passive recipients of their environment but adapt behaviourally, physiologically and psychologically. The concept of adaptive thermal comfort was formulated many decades ago and has been validated in numerous field studies. Temperature thresholds based on adaptive models have been included in international and national standards. However, the overall understanding of how to translate the adaptive principles into design practice and concepts for operating buildings is still limited. Subtask B of IEA Annex 69 addresses this gap: "Strategy and practice of adaptive thermal comfort in low energy buildings". The subtask aims to develop guidelines for low energy buildings that include the principle of adaptive comfort. This paper discusses the challenges and gaps identified in using the principles of adaptive thermal comfort in building design and operation and outlines the contents of the imminent guideline.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPROCEEDINGS OF THE 1ST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COMFORT AT THE EXTREMES : ENERGY, ECONOMY AND CLIMATE
EditorsSusan Roaf, Will Finlayson
Number of pages14
PublisherEcohouse Initiative Ltd.
Publication dateApr 2019
Pages262-276
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
EventComfort at the Extremes: Energy, Economy and Climate CATE19 - Heriot Watt University, Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 10 Apr 201911 Apr 2019
http://www.comfortattheextremes.com/

Conference

ConferenceComfort at the Extremes: Energy, Economy and Climate CATE19
LocationHeriot Watt University, Dubai
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period10/04/201911/04/2019
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Keywords

  • adaptive thermal comfort
  • control
  • energy efficiency
  • climate context
  • building design

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