"Focusing on the driving forces that define the energy balance of a space, we talk about how, simply by design, a room can become too cold or too warm, impacting thermal comfort. We make clear that thermal comfort is subjective, and really connected to the climate, and that Fanger’s conclusions are outdated and based on a North-European climate.
We make another step to ‘site energy’, which focuses on how to bring additional energy to a space, when passive design is not enough. We conclude the lecture with the question: are all the mechanical systems we showed useful considering the way the students will design in their climate/culture?..."
This lecture is part of the collaboration of the Transsolar World Academy and NUST Faculty of Architecture in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on the topic of Building Physics. The Transsolar World Academy contribution complements the university's Sustainable Building course.