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Overheating in residential properties — define, identify and prevent : An overview
An increasing body of evidence suggests that a number of homes in the UK experience overheating. As both new homes and retrofitted properties target for higher energy efficiency and performance standards, and as the delivery capacity of the residential construction sector increases, the case of thermal comfort and quality in homes is raised. The current author draws on a range of available guidance and information, on both thermal comfort and overheating in homes, in order to provide a clearer understanding of the issue and challenges moving forward. Information presented and reviewed includes design guides, accepted industry standards, overheating assessment criteria, Building Regulations and guidelines found within the London Plan. Skills and knowledge concerns are raised with potential challenges relating to the understanding of the phenomenon by construction professionals. Recommendations on design considerations, along with references to handover processes and the role of the occupant, are also provided.
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Tassos Kougionis is the Principal Consultant for residential properties at BSRIA Limited. He has many years’ experience liaising, advising and supporting private and public residential property stakeholders — delivering homes of high quality and performance. Before his career at BSRIA, Tassos was the Technical Manager of the Zero Carbon Hub. He has authored a number of publications and articles and has presented at national and international events.