This section looks at the thermal aspects of buildings. The basic model is shown in the diagram and consists of three parts, Climate, Buildings and People. All these parts interact both directly and indirectly.

In order to help the designer we have provided a DESIGN MATRIX, which helps to pull together the three basic aspects of the model so as to help the designer to make a successful building.

Another tool is provided, the PERFORMANCE ANALYSER which shows how different elements of the building - thermal mass, insulation, window size, orientation and shading help to optimise indoor comfort and energy use in different climates. Five very diverse climates chosen as examples - those of London, Athens, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Trivandrum.

Buildings Climate People Design Matrix Performance Analyzer