Thermal delight in climatic design: a lived experience
Authors: Karol, Elizabeth
ABSTRACT: Architecture can be considered as an applied art. In the twenty-first century there is a focus on how the application of this art is impacting on the use of energy. One of those impacts comes from using significant quantities of energy for mechanical heating and cooling of buildings. This paper suggests that climatic design which minimises the need for mechanical heating and cooling is one of the instruments that can be used in applying the art of architecture to reduce the use of energy and to recreate a somewhat forgotten experience of indoor „thermal delight‟. An award winning house in Perth, Western Australia is used to illustrate the argument. Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of thermal delight are considered.