CND header

AIA Home > SBSE Home > Teaching Resources > Carbon Neutral Design > Carbon Neutral Teaching > Chalfoun - Leading Edge Competition > Human Thermal Comfort

arrow Project Introduction

arrow What is Carbon Neutral Design?

arrow Carbon Neutral Design Process

arrow Carbon Neutral Design Strategies

arrow Carbon Calculation Protocols

arrow Carbon Calculation Tools

arrow Carbon Neutral Case Studies

arrow Carbon Neutral Teaching

Curriculum Projects Overview

Projects (by professor):

> Bagneid
> Boake
dot Chalfoun
Leading Edge Competition
Microclimate Analysis
Landscape Preservation / Maximize Open Space
Daylight and Passive Solar Strategies
Local, Recycled, Low VOC Building Materials
Alternative Energy On Site
Water Harvesting / Conservation Techniques
Human Thermal Comfort
Energy Simulation
LEED® Checklist

> Demers + Potvin
> Elzeyadi
> Guzowski
> Haglund
> Kaiser
> La Roche
> Peña
> Rashed-Ali
> Shaviv + Yezioro
> Stannard
> Theis
> Thomson

Projects (by teaching topic):
visit this link to see the projects sorted by the carbon related topic

> Frameworks and Goals
> Site
> Building Form / Integrated Design Overview
> Envelope
> Passive Strategies
> Efficient Mechanical Strategies
> Energy
> Materials
> Water
> Miscellaneous Related Topics
> Integrated Topics

arrow Resources

arrow Links

The Carbon Neutral Design Project:
Carbon Neutral Teaching: Curriculum Materials Development
Nader Chalfoun
University of Arizona

2008 Leading Edge Competition Studio

Human Thermal Comfort

cross section

Design Performance Objective

Thermal Comfort

Section through building illustrating stack effect ventilation and sunken courtyard.

Student: xxx



2008 Leading Edge Competition and Studio

Human Thermal Comfort

Since the purpose of climatic design, energy-conscious design, and passive solar design is to minimize energy cost of maintaining thermal comfort conditions within building interiors, heat balance between human body and surrounding environment must be considered. The physiological principles essential for developing criteria, standards, and indices for use where human comfort is involved is key in carbon neutral design.


Investigative Strategy



Evaluation Process
Information about the Project and Studio

• course outline

• project outline

Evaluative Criteria
Range of Applicability in terms of CLIMATE
Range of Applicability in terms of TYPE
Reference Material
Duration of Exercise
Degree of Difficulty / Previous Knowledge Required







©2012 American Institute of Architects | Society of Building Science Educators | Legal Disclaimer