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'The home: an energy machine for comfortable living?'
Thu 28 April 2016, 15:00 – 16:00 BST
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'The home: an energy machine for comfortable living?' by Kate Simpson & Viki Tink
Phd Civil and Building Engineering
“A house is a machine for living in”. (Le Corbusier, 1923)
The home is ideally a comfortable, cosy place in which people feel safe and able to create precious memories with family or loved ones, right? Physical comfort is likely provided by a mechanical heat source and stored within the outer shell. What happens when we adjust the thermodynamics of the shell or adjust the efficiency of the mechanical heat source? How does this even take place? Is it invasive? How do people respond to changes in surface temperature and air velocity? An exploration of perceptions of comfort combined with empirical measurements to create a story of life within the machine called home.