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Call for PLEA Small Research Project to PLEA Associates

The project should align with the objectives of PLEA. The deliverable(s) of the project should benefit the PLEA community – for example, a PLEA Note. From time to time, the PLEA Board may issue calls for proposals on a specific … Continue reading

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Next PLEA conference 2020 @ Spain

The next PLEA conference will be held at A Coruña in Spain on September 2020! Official website: https://www.plea2020.org/ Follow them:       

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Nimish Patel – An Obituary.

The architect Nimish Patel (1948 -2018) was a highly regarded champion of the value of traditional construction techniques and skills, combining innovation and conservation, to contemporary architecture. At the PLEA Conference in Ahmedabad in 2014 his outstanding contribution was recognised … Continue reading

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Assessing the Glare Potential of Complex Fenestration Systems: a Heuristic Approach Based on Spatial and Time Sampling

This paper proposes a new heuristic to simulate and study the visual comfort aspect in the designing of Complex Fenestration Systems. The goal of the heuristic is two-folded, (i) provide useful and simple visualization tools for preliminary glare assessments of … Continue reading

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Physical Monitoring of Replacement Infill Panels for Historic Timber-Framed Buildings in the UK: Comparing hygrothermal simulations and dual climate chamber testing

With the aim of reducing carbon emissions and increasing hygrothermal comfort, buildings across the UK are undergoing energy retrofits. With historic buildings, it is important that retrofit actions have a limited negative impact on the building’s fabric and cultural significance. … Continue reading

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Occupant Satisfaction in 60 Radiant and All-air Buildings

Radiant heating and cooling systems have the potential to save energy and are widely used in zero net energy buildings. Their positive and negative impacts on indoor environmental quality and, in particular, thermal comfort compared to all-air systems are still … Continue reading

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Assessment of ThermODrain system on Thermal Comfort – Study of a Multi-storied Office Building in Nashik, India

A ThermO-Drain (TOD) is a system that uses water cooled by night sky to drain the radiant heat within a building. In office buildings, ‘all air-cooled’ systems are most prevalent. The study aimed to assess the thermal comfort of occupants … Continue reading

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Experimental Biases in Discomfort Glare Evaluations

The multiple criterion scale developed by Hopkinson is extensively utilised to analyse the subjective degree of discomfort due to glare. Using a luminance adjustment procedure, the brightness of a glare source is adjusted to reveal four levels of discomfort, typically: … Continue reading

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Post-earthquake Earth House Won World Building of the Year 2017 at World Architecture Festival

 Photo credit: World Architecture Festival 2017 An anti-seismic earth house in Guangming Village, Yunnan built by Professor Edward Ng (PLEA President) and his One University One Village (1U1V) team at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has been awarded … Continue reading

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PLEA 2018@Hong Kong

PLEA 2018 Conference – Call for abstracts now! More information: http://www.plea2018.org

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