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Adaptive Thermal Comfort: Principles and Practice [Paperback]

Fergus Nicol , Michael Humphreys , Susan Roaf
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16 Mar 2012 0415691591 978-0415691598

The fundamental function of buildings is to provide safe and healthy shelter. For the fortunate they also provide comfort and delight. In the twentieth century comfort became a 'product' produced by machines and run on cheap energy. In a world where fossil fuels are becoming ever scarcer and more expensive, and the climate more extreme, the challenge of designing comfortable buildings today requires a new approach.

This timely book is the first in a trilogy from leaders in the field which will provide just that. It explains, in a clear and comprehensible manner, how we stay comfortable by using our bodies, minds, buildings and their systems to adapt to indoor and outdoor conditions which change with the weather and the climate. The book is in two sections. The first introduces the principles on which the theory of adaptive thermal comfort is based. The second explains how to use field studies to measure thermal comfort in practice and to analyze the data gathered.

Architects have gradually passed responsibility for building performance to service engineers who are largely trained to see comfort as the ‘product’, designed using simplistic comfort models. The result has contributed to a shift to buildings that use ever more energy. A growing international consensus now calls for low-energy buildings. This means designers must first produce robust, passive structures that provide occupants with many opportunities to make changes to suit their environmental needs. Ventilation using free, natural energy should be preferred and mechanical conditioning only used when the climate demands it.

This book outlines the theory of adaptive thermal comfort that is essential to understand and inform such building designs. This book should be required reading for all students, teachers and practitioners of architecture, building engineering and management – for all who have a role in producing, and occupying, twenty-first century adaptive, low-carbon, comfortable buildings.


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (16 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415691591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415691598
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“In a world where fossil fuels are becoming ever scarcer, the challenge of designing buildings requires a new approach. This is the first in a trilogy that aims to explain how we stay comfortable by using our bodies, minds, buildings and their systems to adapt to indoor and outdoor conditions”Building Design

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Fergus Nicol has led a number of important research projects on comfort which have influenced thinking internationally. He has authored numerous journal articles and other publications including guidance on comfort and overheating. Fergus convenes the Network for Comfort and Energy use in Buildings and organises their regular international Windsor Conferences.

Michael Humphreys is known for his pioneering work on the adaptive approach to comfort. He has been Head of Human Factors at the Building Research Establishment, and a Research Professor at Oxford Brookes University. His current interests are the structure and modelling of human adaptive behaviour, the interactions between aspects of the environment, and their expression in standards.

Susan Roaf did her PhD on comfort and the windcatchers of Yazd, and after a decade working with Nicol and Humphreys at the Oxford Thermal Comfort Unit she is now Professor of Architectural Engineering at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. She is a teacher, researcher, designer and author and editor of 13 books including Ecohouse: A Design Guide and Adapting Buildings and Cities for Climate Change.

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5.0 out of 5 stars it is the one 7 Nov 2013
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i was looking for such a book very easy to read and very good information on it
love it and I recommended to each one who is after thermal comfort studies
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Trilogy and Waiting 17 Jun 2013
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Clear concise writing and straight to comprehension without too much of a struggle - Looking forward to teh other two books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading. 12 Nov 2012
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An interesting book.
The first part is an excellent introduction about thermal comfort for those who are not familiar with that, though not boring for us who know something more. Basically explains what is not thermal comfort and gives some clues about what thermal comfort should be.
I liked the use of examples of vernacular architecture and the focus on free-running buildings
The book is more research oriented, than design oriented, I personally skipped the second part, about the surveys and I am waiting for the third book of the trilogy, though I will certainly read the second one also.
Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Student Perpective 3 July 2012
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Excellent book. It has a simple and direct approach to the comfort issues.
It is very useful to guideline thoughts on comfort analysis.
It provides you a vision on the current needs for comfort and how to implement comfort studies in new trend of low energy buildings.
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