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Title: Comfort in the Indoor Environment: A Theoretical Framework Linking Energy Efficiency and Universal Design
Authors: Kapedani, Ermal 
Herssens, Jasmien 
Verbeeck, Griet 
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Springer
Source: Di Bucchianico, G.; Kercher, P. F. (Ed.). Advances in Design for Inclusion: Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Design for Inclusion, Springer,p. 303-313
Series/Report: Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Series/Report no.: 587
Abstract: Energy Efficiency (EE) and Universal Design (UD) are topics high on governmental policy and research agendas which have been considered separately both in research and practice. This research hypothesizes that comfort can be a conceptual link that can represent both EE and UD features. In order to understand the broader meaning of comfort at home from the perspective of inhabitants in the context of home renovations, and to test our hypothesis, we conducted 3 qualitative studies with different user groups. The results confirm that users associate with comfort all aspects related to EE as well as with most aspects in UD. In addition, results indicate that EE can be an integral part of UD if both are considered from a comfort point of view. These are presented in a theoretical framework for comfort that can be used to further study a potential integration of the EE and UD fields.
Keywords: comfort; energy efficiency; universal design; home; renovation
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ISBN: 9783319605975
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60597-5_28
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Validations: vabb 2020
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