The physical and social aspects of retrofitting passive cooling strategies to timber school buildings and their surrounds in South East Queensland

Kuiri, Lisa Johanna (2015). The physical and social aspects of retrofitting passive cooling strategies to timber school buildings and their surrounds in South East Queensland. In: Robert H. Crawford and Andre Stephan, Living and Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment: 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2015. International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Melbourne, Australia, (100-110). 2-4 December 2015.

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Author Kuiri, Lisa Johanna
Title of paper The physical and social aspects of retrofitting passive cooling strategies to timber school buildings and their surrounds in South East Queensland
Conference name International Conference of the Architectural Science Association
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 2-4 December 2015
Proceedings title Living and Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment: 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2015
Journal name Living and Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne
Publication Year 2015
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9780992383527
Editor Robert H. Crawford
Andre Stephan
Start page 100
End page 110
Total pages 11
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Overheating is a problem in existing timber classroom buildings in South East Queensland. In a case study school passive cooling strategies were retrofitted to six classroom buildings and their immediate surrounds between 2012 to 2014: stack ventilation, cool roof, shade sails over courtyards and schoolyard greening. This research project investigates how effective the strategies are in reducing heat inside the classroom by analysing quantitative data (classroom temperature) and qualitative data (perceptions of Teachers and Principal). This paper reports how the research project began and the results of applying an overheating analysis metric to the classroom temperature across summer terms, with inconclusive results. Uncontrolled variables such as climatic factors and building use are discussed. Another strategy being investigated is the range of adaptive actions Teachers engage in to reduce thermal discomfort from heat. The Teacher is regarded as the main occupant with control of the classroom environment. Understanding the current range of adaptive actions teachers engage in, especially in naturally ventilated classrooms, could provide an understanding of low energy social practices in the school. This research aims to synthesize quantitative data with qualitative data to assess the effectiveness of the passive cooling strategies and create informed recommendations to increase adaptive actions within classrooms towards a low-carbon occupation of existing classrooms.
Keyword Overheated classrooms
Passive cooling
Thermal discomfort
Adaptive actions
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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