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close this bookDesign Handbook on Passive Solar Heating and Natural Cooling (HABITAT, 1990, 162 p.)
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View the documentA. The design process
View the documentB. Site investigation
View the documentC. Relating the brief to the site
View the documentD. Schematic design stage
View the documentE. Detailed design stage
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C. Relating the brief to the site

When establishing the brief with the clients, the designer should determine the thermal comfort needs of the intended users' building in terms of building use and occupants' activities. A building designed as a gymnasium, for example, should have a cooler Interior and perhaps better ventilation than an office space where the occupants are sedentary. Likewise a home for older people or a hospital environment should provide a more stable temperature environment, perhaps generally warmer in winter than the usual domestic environment. A custom-designed house provides an opportunity for the designer to match the thermal environment to the specific desires of the client.