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Comfort can be subjective, but undefinable? Not at all. Plenty of research is available on the factors of human comfort: conditions which, when present, universally put us at ease and add to our well being.
At Clarum, comfort is crucial. It’s another reason we love passive design. Passive homes achieve comfort without even trying, because the objective conditions of human comfort are simply a natural side-effect of passive building strategy.
Comfort starts with fresh air, abundant natural daylight, good sound quality and protection from noise.When these are present, people feel alert, calm and cheerful. A badly lit room, continual noise, stuffy air – in a place like that, every breath, sound and sight is a reminder that you’re uncomfortable.
At Clarum, we believe your home should make you feel good. General comfort is important.
Then there’s thermal comfort. The Danish scientist P. O. Fanger boiled this down to a handful of measurable criteria. (Source) There’s a lot of math behind Fanger’s conclusions, but for now let’s just summarize the concepts. (Source)
Any home can achieve comfort. It’s a question of cost (financial, environmental, otherwise).
But passive homes do it without even trying. In other words, comfort is a direct result of the building strategies that define passive design.
For example, our passive homes meet all of Fanger’s comfort criteria, as well as the general factors above, on less energy consumption, a reduced environmental impact and a much smaller power bill.
Let’s take a closer look:
In short, comfort is right at the core of passive design. It’s not an afterthought. It’s actually built into the definition.
When you think “comfort,” think passive homes. Think Clarum Homes. Call 650.322.7069 for more information.
[…] Creating a building that only uses passive design strategies to create an ideal comfort level is almost impossible today. There are different climate zones that require using different strategies to create such conditions indoor. For the cold and dry climate we can increase the comfort level by almost 40% using high thermal mass night flushed, natural ventilation cooling , internal heat gain, passive solar direct gain low mass, and passive solar direct gain high mass (Climate consultant 5.4). For the hot and humid climate, a way to increase the comfort level through passive ways can over 50% through natural ventilation cooling of the building, the internal heat gain, and passive solar direct gain high mass (Climate consultant 5.4). Such ways cut the energy use by almost a half. If used with solar panels and other ways of renewable energy such designs dominate the simple ways of engineering like super-insulation, mechanical ventilation, airtight house, heat recovery and increasing the performance of air conditioning and heat (http://clarum.com/custom-homes/the-comfort-of-a-passive-home/). […]