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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2018
     
    I read this quote and it suprised me, though I had thought the same previously. Things like wood fibre boast of their heat capacity, yet why would you want them to release their heat on a summer evening while you are asleep in the room?

    "Climate responsive design means positioning thermal mass where it is exposed to appropriate levels of passive summer cooling (and solar heating in winter). Badly positioned mass heats up and radiates heat well into the night when external temperatures have dropped. As a rule of thumb, avoid or limit thermal mass in upstairs sleeping areas. In climates with little or no heating requirement, low mass is generally the preferred option (see Thermal mass)."

    http://www.yourhome.gov.au/passive-design/passive-cooling
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th 2018
     
    Posted By: delpradoIn climates with little or no heating requirement

    Since we don't live in such a climate, I would ignore most of what it says.

    The main thing to do with bedrooms is to avoid insolation in summer and most likely encourage it in winter, just like every other room.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2018
     
    Posted By: djhSince we don't live in such a climate, I would ignore most of what it says
    No, that just refers to the bit about "low mass is generally the preferred option" - the rest of it is gd advice (as is dave's last para).

    In some no-heating environments e.g. deserts which get nice and cold at night, blistering during the day, well calculated thermal mass is vital e.g. massive adobe houses which cool the fabric all night and that cold temp wave works it way to the interior surface by mid morning, and cools the house all day. Similarly, daytime heating of the fabric works its way to the interior by late evening.
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      CommentAuthorSteamyTea
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2018
     
    "Acclimatisation is a significant factor in achieving thermal comfort. Most people living in tropical climates choose to do so"

    If you don't like the climate, move me old clobber.
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