Climate Design
Sensory Input – Photo by Philomena Bluyssen @ TU Delft

The design of healthy and comfortable indoor environments is an important assignment for architects and engineers. People spend more than 90% of their time indoors mainly for living, working and recreating. Already in the first century BC, the importance of a healthy indoor environment was recognized by Vitruvius in his ten books on architecture. It was, however, not before the first decades of the 20th century that most theory was developed and that relations between lighting, thermal and acoustic parameters and human needs were established. In the past, the majority of research activities was focussed on single parameters; more recent is the development to look into the effects of multi-parameter situations on human health and comfort.

Technoledge Climate Design therefore deals with the indoor environment and comfort in buildings. Comfort in this sense is defined as “that state of mind that expresses satisfaction with the environment”. It considers the thermal environment, the visual environment, the acoustical environment, indoor air quality and their combined effects. The aim of this course is that you understand how indoor environmental parameters affect health and comfort, both from the perspective of the individual aspects and from a holistic integrated perspective.