International Conference held 10th - 13th April 2014, at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, UK
For many the costs of providing acceptable indoor temperatures have become prohibitive. In Japan energy rationing has become necessary after the destruction of the Fukushima nuclear plant. The repercussions in the Japanese energy markets have made critical choices necessary. Do organisations cut back on plant operation times or widen the range of acceptable working temperatures in their work places? Many around the world already have to make stark choices on whether to spend money on heating and cooling or on eating. How far do the ordinary boundaries of company or family budgets have to be stretched before comfort conditions are significantly compromised and what are the consequences of that happening? Despite increasingly sophisticated simulation predictions buildings too often still overheat. At some point the serious challenge of achieving reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions must be faced without compromising the comfort, health, well-being and productivity of building occupants. Where do cost effective solutions lie? Better climatic design of buildings? More efficient equipment? De-mechanisation of building systems? Occupant behaviours? Reshaping building regulations? What are the roles of comfort researchers in helping to design a new generation of resilient buildings that mitigate against climate change and are adapted to be able to withstand its impacts? How do we measure the costs and benefits of different approaches to the provision of comfort in 21st century buildings and their resulting economic impacts? The provision of reliable, safe and affordable thermal comfort in buildings is a core priority for designers as the costs of energy rise and the global impacts of its use become ever clearer on our landscapes and in our changing climate. The 8th Windsor Conference focuses the academic endeavour of comfort research into the real world context of providing building designers, owners and users with clear and comprehensible measures of what the actual money, energy, carbon, health, well-being, productivity and comfort costs might be in applying different comfort stratagems to the challenging social, climatic, constructional and economic contexts around us. Traditionally the subject of comfort was dominated by the physics of comfort and its language, but in an unpredictable world more difficult issues of values, perceptions, behaviours and controls are critical too. The provision of comfort can no longer be seen in isolation - as an activity detached from cost or impact. Windsor 2014 will explore how such costs can, are and should be included in the decisions making processes by building designers and managers as well showcasing ways to optimise comfort with new knowledge, approaches and technologies.
Fergus Nicol, Susan Roaf, Luisa Brotas and Michael Humphreys
Michael Adebamowo (NG), Edward Arens (US), Philomena Bluyssen (NL), Atze Boerstra (NL), Gail Brager (US) Luisa Brotas (UK), Richard de Dear (AU), Dusan Fiala (DE), Andy Ford (UK), Rajat Gupta (UK), Jake Hacker (UK), George Havenith (UK), Michael A Humphreys (UK), Tri Harso Karyono (ID) Madhavi Indraganti (SA), Maria Kolokotroni (UK), Jarek Kurnitski (EE), Alison Kwok (US), Ashok Lall (IN), Roberto Lamberts (BR), Hal Levin (US), Giancarlo Mangone (NL), Azadeh Montazami (UK), Fergus Nicol (UK), Marialena Nikolopoulou (UK), Bjarne W. Olesen (DK), Mark Olweny (UG), Ryozo Ooka (JP), Ken Parsons (UK), Jens Pfafferott (DE), Adrian Pitts (UK), Iftikhar Raja (PK), Hom Rijal (JP), Kosonen Risto (FI), Susan Roaf (UK), Darren Robinson (UK), Mattheos Santamouris (GR), Olli Seppänen (FI), Fionn Stevenson (UK), Shin-ichi Tanabe (JP), Despoina Teli (UK), Paul Tuohy (UK), Peter Wouters (BE), Da Yan (CN), Runming Yao (UK)
Kevin Bowe, Jonida Murataj