Title: Thermal standards in architecture
Authors : von Fischer, Sabine
Roesler, Sascha
Conference details: Thermal Standards in Architecture, Mendrisio, 30.-31. October 2017
Issue Date: 30-Oct-2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Not specified
Language : English
Subjects : Thermal standards; Architecture; Energy efficiency; Comfort; Climate
Subject (DDC) : 690: Building and construction
720: Architecture
Abstract: Thermal standards exert an ever-increasing impact on architecture. Recent building legislation has begun to limit the spectrum of possible solutions to the extent that thermal standards considerably govern the concept, structure and form of buildings. The imperative to insulate building envelopes with little regard to maintaining a diversity of microclimates in the interior is just one prominent example. These developments can be traced to how thermal standards have been triumphed as a silver bullet by Western societies on their path towards energy transition and sustainable architecture. “Green goes mainstream” (Raymond J. Clark / Peter Ellis) has in particular seen a proliferation of thermal standards, regulations and labels. Agencies like the US-American LEED, the British BREEAM, the German Passivhaus or the Swiss Minergie, 2000-Watt Society, and SNBS offer certifiable solutions for thermal comfort in combination with the promise of sustainability in architecture and for cities. These “green-mainstream” standards are successors to the passive rationale of the bioclimatic architecture of the 1970s, promoting “the use of architecture as a primary energy device” (American Institute of Architects, 1978). Today, worldwide comfort in buildings increasingly relies on the import and export of thermal standards. This has resulted in their global circulation and a competition between the various agencies promoting them. However, such standards emerge out of specific local cultural circumstances and architectural traditions.
Departement: Architektur, Gestaltung und Bauingenieurwesen
Organisational Unit: Institute for Constructive Design (IKE)
Publication type: Conference Other
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/1524
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