Using a basic understanding of architectural science as an integral part of the design process
Authors: Karol, Elizabeth
ABSTRACT: It has been suggested that if a designer wishes to minimise energy-based services to
maintain acceptable indoor thermal conditions, four tasks need to be carried out to establish design
parameters. These four tasks are to examine the existing outdoor conditions, to establish acceptable
indoor thermal conditions, to design in order to manage the outdoor conditions as far as practicable
and to provide energy based services only for the residual needs.
This paper considers how a user-centred theory of design can integrate these four tasks into the
design process in order to enable a transition towards more energy efficient housing. The application of
this integrated user-centred theory in the design of a new suburban house in Perth, Western Australia
is used as a case study.