Prevalence and Evaluation of Bioclimatic Design Techniques used to achieve Low Energy Comfort in Architectural Design Proposals

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Abstract

This paper analyses responses of ninety-nine students to a design brief for a public building in different regions of China. The research determined the level of understanding and skills development in students who will be the next generation of building designers, procurers and developers. The students were asked to design in a bioclimatic fashion and therefore to consider the building to be as free running as possible, and thus supportive of adaptive comfort principles. The designed solutions were then analysed to determine: the types of bioclimatic technique chosen to be employed; the actual prevalence of use of the techniques in each case; and the successful implementation within the schemes. The results identify barriers to application in design and productive areas of future comfort research including analysis of interactions between techniques, and the optimisation of whole building solutions. The adoption of bioclimatic design techniques is complementary to adaptive approaches to thermal comfort and reductions in energy use in buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th Windsor Conference 2014:
Subtitle of host publicationCounting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World
EditorsFergus Nicol, Susan Roaf, Luisa Brotas, Michael Humphreys
PublisherNCEUB - Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780992895709
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event8th Windsor Conference: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World - Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Apr 201713 Apr 2017
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Conference

Conference8th Windsor Conference
Abbreviated titleW2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityWindsor
Period10/04/1713/04/17
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    Pitts, A. (2014). Prevalence and Evaluation of Bioclimatic Design Techniques used to achieve Low Energy Comfort in Architectural Design Proposals. In F. Nicol, S. Roaf, L. Brotas, & M. Humphreys (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World NCEUB - Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings. http://nceub.org.uk//W2014/webpage/pdfs/session7/W14121_Pitts.pdf