THERMAL EVALUATION OF ACCOMMODATION FOR SENIORS

  • YEAR
    2000
  • AUTHORS
    Karol, Elizabeth
  • CATEGORIES
    2000 Conference Papers
    Sustainable design and case studies

Extract

Housing for seniors forms a significant part of the housing stock owned by the State Housing Commission of
Western Australia. The number of dwellings for seniors continues to increase with 39% of the housing units
commenced in 1998-99 being for seniors. The design brief for that accommodation includes provisions that
the designs should achieve an optimum energy effectiveness through passive solar design and natural crossventilation
where possible. This paper considers the thermal implications of two aspects of design of
accommodation for seniors. It questions whether orientation and/ or type of construction made a difference to
the thermal response of buildings by examining the performance of three semi-detached two-bedroom
dwellings designed using the State Housing Commission’s design brief. The evidence indicates that thermal
conditions in dwellings designed for seniors are frequently outside the comfort range. Orientation and thermal
mass influence the thermal performance of the dwellings though the influence is tempered by the occupants’
behaviour.

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