Revisiting overheating indoors.

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In recent years, an increasing amount of overheating issues in buildings has been reported. Despite available knowledge and recognition of the problem by research, in practice little attention has been paid to the problem. The aim of the paper is to identify contradictions, missing interconnections, communication deficits or barriers. Terminologies used, and time and dynamics in the context of overheating and heatwaves will be discussed. Planning pathways and their consequences on preparedness for overheating or heatwaves will be discussed subsequently. In the context of overheating as well for heatwaves, informing people about the human ability to acclimatise to seasonal changes and addressing acceptable healthy temperature ranges instead of comfort ranges could be supportive in relaxing people’s expectations towards indoor climate. Three areas should become a focus of future activities: a) enhancing adaptability in humans b) managing human expectation towards the indoor environment and c) enhancing adaptability of buildings. Time and dynamics in building performance, adaptation processes and mortality predictions are interrelated and will require more attention in future studies.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 10th Windsor Conference: Rethinking Comfort Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK, 12-15 April 2018. London
EditorsLuisa Brotas, Sue Roaf, Fergus Nicol, Michael Humphreys
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherNetwork for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings,
Publication dateApr 2018
Article numberpaper 0116
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventWindsor Conference: 10th Windsor Conference Rethinking Comfort - Windsor Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 12 Apr 201815 Apr 2018


ConferenceWindsor Conference
LocationWindsor Cumberland Lodge
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • heatwave
  • air-conditioning
  • expectations
  • adaptive
  • adaptability


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