Energy efficiency and thermal comfort - a response to climate change

5 May 2009

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has identified the building sector as offering the greatest potential for greenhouse gas reductions between now and 2030. That's more potential than the transport sector; the agriculture sector; even the energy sector itself.

The largest end-use of energy (read greenhouse gas emissions) in buildings is air-conditioning and the whole purpose of air conditioning is to provide THERMAL COMFORT. So the time is right for a thorough re-appraisal of exactly what thermal comfort is, and how we can energy-efficiently maintain it in our built environments.

Professor Reverend Michael Humphreys, Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, is among the most influential names associated with the science of thermal comfort over the last 40 years. This is his only public lecture during his brief visit to Australia.

In an informal talk Professor Humphreys will give an overview of adaptive thermal comfort - past, present and future. Focus will be on APPLICATION of the principles by architects and engineers, and how these relate to various regulatory guidelines and standards around the world.

Who is this for?
All practicing architects, related housing and building industry designers, facility managers, engineers as well as students and academics in these fields and related sciences.

Time: 6.00 to 7.30pm followed by light refreshments

Location: Architecture Lecture Theatre 3, Wilkinson Building, 148 City Road, The University of Sydney

Cost: Free

Contact: Sue Lalor

Phone: 02 9351 2686

Email: 38002c0525462b16080e3b642d07400e68374b261e3146