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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (16 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415691591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415691598
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 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: 94,167 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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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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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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By F. Elaiab on 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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Clear concise writing and straight to comprehension without too much of a struggle - Looking forward to teh other two books.
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