Peter Foldbjerg, Amdi Worm, Thorbjørn Asmussen, and Lone Feifer
Bibliographic info:
33rd AIVC Conference " Optimising Ventilative Cooling and Airtightness for [Nearly] Zero-Energy Buildings, IAQ and Comfort", Copenhagen, Denmark, 10-11 October 2012

The thermal comfort of the residential building Home for Life is investigated with a particular focus on the strategies used to achieve good thermal comfort, and the role of solar shading and natural ventilation. Home for Life was completed in 2009 as one of six buildings in the Model Home 2020 project. It has very generous daylight conditions, and is designed to be energy neutral with a good indoor environment.
The kitchen/dining room has a large south-facing window area and is selected for the detailed analyses. The thermal environment is evaluated according to the Active House specification (based on the adaptive method of EN 15251), and it is found that the house reaches category 1 for the summer situation. Some undercooling occurs during winter, causing the room to achieve category 2 if the entire year is considered. The undercooling is due to the occupants’ preferred balance between indoor temperatures and heating consumption.
It is found that ventilative cooling through window openings play a particularly important role in maintaining thermal comfort.