Overheating in Scotland: lessons from 26 monitored low energy homes

C. Morgan, J. A. Foster, T. Sharpe, A. Poston

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Abstract

There is growing awareness in the UK that overheating is a significant problem and one that is likely to intensify with climate change, increasing urbanisation, an ageing population and the move towards ?low energy? buildings. Recent research suggested that while overheating may be an issue in the South of England, particularly in urban areas, it was not likely to be an issue for Scotland and the North of the UK in the medium term. This notion is reflected in the lack of awareness of the issue in Scotland. Monitoring of 26 new-build low energy and Passivhaus homes across Scotland over a two year period indicates overheating is prevalent in living areas and in particular in bedrooms where it is acknowledged that respite from high temperatures is important. This paper describes the quantitative and qualitative results, assesses relevant factors, comments on predictive tools used and seeks a robust series of measures to avoid overheating in future low energy homes in Scotland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCISBAT 2015 International Conference 'Future Buildings and Districts - Sustainability from Nano to Urban Scale'.
Place of PublicationLausanne
Pages167-172
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015
EventCISBAT 2015 International Conference 'Future Buildings and Districts - Sustainability from Nano to Urban Scale' - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 9 Sep 201511 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceCISBAT 2015 International Conference 'Future Buildings and Districts - Sustainability from Nano to Urban Scale'
Abbreviated titleCISBAT 2015
CountrySwitzerland
CityLausanne
Period9/09/1511/09/15

Keywords

  • overheating
  • thermal comfort
  • occupancy
  • behaviour
  • comfort
  • health
  • urban ecology

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