Optimising Comfort in Rural Villages of SW China

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The rapid economic development of China has led to fast growth of its cities but also seen as increasingly important are its rural areas which were somewhat left behind in recent development; there are now many policies aiming to rebalance the variation. There are in addition particular circumstances impacting on redevelopment and design and construction which arises from the ethnic/nationality groupings to be found in SW China. One of the consequences of the rapid rural redevelopment is a focus more on acquisition of dwelling features found in urban apartments, rather than designing for the local climate and long-term sustainability. New dwellings are being constructed which whilst meeting the needs and requirements of the residents for more modern accommodation are not taking advantage of the potential to improve environmental design nor for occupant thermal comfort. Bioclimatic analysis and energy simulation software has been used to evaluate potential for improved dwelling design in the regions of interest. Results for five major city areas are presented and this demonstrates substantial opportunity to improve bioclimatic design and also to reduce discomfort. A research and practice network is helping draw stakeholders together to support and enhance future development and impact on choices being made so as to improve environmental outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 11th Windsor Conference on Thermal Comfort
Subtitle of host publicationResilient Comfort
EditorsSusan Roaf, Fergus Nicol, William Finlayson
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherEcohouse Initiative Ltd
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781916187634
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2020
Event11th Windsor Conference: Resilient Comfort - Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Apr 202019 Apr 2020
Conference number: 11


Conference11th Windsor Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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