The potential for increasing thermal comfort through selection of construction types in Brisbane

Williamson, Brian J. & Demirbilek, Nur (2003) The potential for increasing thermal comfort through selection of construction types in Brisbane. In 41st Annual Conference of the Australian New Zealand Solar Energy Society, 26-29 November, Melbourne, Australia.


The parametric study explores the potential for reducing cooling and heating loads through changes in construction types for dwellings in Brisbane. Based on a previous study completed at QUT, a plan type and building materials is used as the base case of the computer runs. Various combinations of roof, floor, and wall construction form the control variables. Comparative results exhibit even the simplest changes can help providing an increase in thermal comfort of the occupants and cause a decrease in the dependence on mechanical heating and cooling systems. The study also includes a comparative economic analysis. This approach can provide an increase in occupant satisfaction and result in considerable savings in domestic energy consumption.

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ID Code: 1652
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: reducing cooling and heating loads, thermal comfort, sub, tropical climate
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Construction Engineering (090502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 The Authors
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:02

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