The overheating problem

How to design and retrofit homes to maintain a comfortable temperature and accommodate mechanical ventilation heat recovery options.

Architectural designers prioritise heat retention when building new homes and renovating existing ones yet overheating in homes is becoming a real problem.

Stricter energy efficiency measures and external temperature rises caused by climate change and growing urbanisation will increase the risk of overheating in buildings, particularly in homes that rely on passive measures, e.g. ventilation that consists of ‘holes in the wall’ or vents in windows, to maintain a comfortable internal environment.

John Scanlon

Written by John Scanlon

John Scanlon MCIAT is the director of JS Design - Architectural Solutions specialising in residential architecture, both new build and renovation.

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