Perceived comfort and adaptive process of Passivhaus ‘participants’

Zhao, Jing and Carter, Kate (2015) Perceived comfort and adaptive process of Passivhaus ‘participants’. Energy Procedia, 83 . pp. 121-129. ISSN 1876-6102

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Passivhaus methodology leads to buildings with very high thermal efficiency and high levels of airtightness. The focus of research in Passivhaus is energy performance. The experience of occupying a Passivhausis often overlooked. This research takes into account social factors of comfort among Passivhaus ‘participants’; draws comparison between their expectations and evaluations of the ‘perceived comfort’; and investigates the behavioural and psychological adaptive processes that contribute to this ‘perceived comfort’. A diverse range of Passivhaus projects built in the past few years in the UK is studied with a mixed method approach. The findings suggest a strong correlation between social aspects of comfort and the participants’ evaluation of their Passivhaus, where the adaptive processes are potentially reinforced (or reduced) by this association.

Additional Information:Sustainability in Energy and Buildings: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference SEB-15
Keywords:Perceived comfort, Mixed methods, Passivhaus, adaptive comfort, Low energy homes, monitoring performance, energy use, Water use, carbon emissions, Code for Sustainable Homes, post occupancy evaluation, JCOpen
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:24992
Deposited On:18 Nov 2016 11:26

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