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Adaptive Comfort: Passive Design for Active Occupants

Christhina Candido

The adaptive model of thermal comfort shifts attention from engineered comfort solutions to architectural ones. As the concept of adaptive comfort displaces the old static model, architects are beginning to explore the opportunities to engage occupants in the provision of occupants’ comfort, which in turn has re-awakened an interest in natural ventilation.

This note provides an introduction to adaptive comfort, which it is hoped will help architects design more sustainable, pleasurable and stimulating indoor environments.

This note, written by Christhina Candido in September 2011, replaces DES 12, ‘Perceived Comfort’.

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