Building transition spaces, comfort and energy use

Adrian Pitts, Jasmi Bin Saleh, Steve Sharples

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This paper describes research concerned with comfort in transition spaces. Transition spaces are entrance foyers, lobbies, atriums, corridors and other spaces through which people pass in travelling between the exterior and interior environment, or between different interior spaces. Such spaces tend to have higher energy requirements because of their stronger linkage with variations in the external climate. Transition spaces also offer opportunities too: they can act to condition occupant response when moving between zones, and occupant expectations for comfort in such zones may also be less stringent than for more continuously occupied spaces. The paper discusses these issues and includes analysis of occupants surveyed whilst passing through transition spaces. Results indicate that a wider interpretation of comfort bands is possible and that energy savings could be made.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPLEA 2008 - Towards Zero Energy Building
Subtitle of host publication25th PLEA International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Conference Proceedings
PublisherUniversity College Dublin
ISBN (Print)9781905254347
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event25th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture: Towards Zero Energy Building - University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 22 Oct 200824 Oct 2008
Conference number: 25 (Link to Conference Website)


Conference25th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture
Abbreviated titlePLEA 2008
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