From occupying to inhabiting - A change in conceptualising comfort

Jaffari, Svenja D. and Matthews, Ben (2009). From occupying to inhabiting - A change in conceptualising comfort. In: Beyond Kyoto: Addressing the challenges of climate change - Science meets industry, policy and public. Beyond Kyoto Conference, Aarhus, Denmark, (012008.1-012008.14). 5-7 March 2009. doi:10.1088/1755-1315/8/1/012008


Author Jaffari, Svenja D.
Matthews, Ben
Title of paper From occupying to inhabiting - A change in conceptualising comfort
Conference name Beyond Kyoto Conference
Conference location Aarhus, Denmark
Conference dates 5-7 March 2009
Proceedings title Beyond Kyoto: Addressing the challenges of climate change - Science meets industry, policy and public   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Beyond Kyoto: Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change - Science Meets Industry, Policy and Public   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1088/1755-1315/8/1/012008
Open Access Status DOI
ISBN *****************
ISSN 1755-1307
1755-1315
Volume 8
Issue 1
Start page 012008.1
End page 012008.14
Total pages 14
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The concept of 'comfort' has been influential in shaping aspects of our built environment. For the construction industry, comfort is predominantly understood in terms of the balance between an ideal human physiological state and a finite number of measurable environmental parameters that can be controlled (temperature, humidity, air quality, daylighting, noise). It is such a notion of comfort that has informed the establishment of universally applied comfort standards and guidelines for the built environment. When buildings rigidly conform to these standards, they consume vast quantities of energy and are responsible for higher levels of GHG emissions. Recent researchers have challenged such instrumental definitions of comfort on moral and environmental grounds. In this paper, we address this issue from two different standpoints: one empirical, one related to the design of technology.
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environment, Article # 012008

 
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