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Type: Conference paper
Title: Perceived and prescribed environmental performance of award winning houses
Author: Soebarto, V.
Williamson, T.
Radford, A.
Bennetts, H.
Citation: Contexts of architecture : proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA and the International Building Performance Simulation Association - Australasia, Launceston, 10-12 November, 2004 / Zbigniew Bromberek, (ed.): pp. 242-248.
Publisher: University of Tasmania
Publisher Place: University of Tasmania
Issue Date: 2004
ISBN: 1862951683
Conference Name: Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association Conference (38th : 2004 : Launceston, Tas.)
Editor: Bromberek, Z.
Abstract: This paper investigates the thermal performance of three RAIA award-winning houses. It compares the occupants’ assessment of the thermal environment with thermal comfort defined in ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-1992. Actual household energy used in compared with AGO figures for standard houses in that location and the house compliance with the recently introduced energy efficiency provisions of the Building Code of Australia is also assessed. The study found that all three houses do not conform to the above Standard and Code. It was predicted that unacceptable amounts of heating and cooling energy would be required to achieve thermal comfort. Despite this, the actual energy consumption of these houses was lower than standard houses in the same regions. The occupants were largely satisfied with the houses’ thermal performance and indicated they had no plans to modify the building or install air-conditioning or other systems to achieve the prescribed thermal comfort. This paper poses some ethical questions to be discussed, and proposes a number of suggestions.
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