You can find plenty of talk about comfort and
indoor environmental quality, but the ugly truth is that few
actually know what those terms mean. Robert Bean’s free book,
Thermal Comfort Principles and Practical Applications for
Residential Buildings, lays out the facts. Early on, he
clears up the confusion about what thermal comfort actually is,
how indoor environmental quality is different from indoor air
quality, and why we all should care. He takes the reader through
discussions of human factor design, the integrated design
process, and the ASHRAE thermal comfort standard he’s spent
years helping to craft. And he dives into the details of human
physiology and psychology because without understanding those
topics, you can’t design buildings that succeed in creating
thermal comfort for the occupants. Bean makes a simple plea to
those who have any impact on the design and construction of
buildings: Consider the occupants. As he writes early on in the
book, "people are the reason buildings exist.”
Allison A Bailes III
How to obtain your free copy (three easy steps).
1. Join this Linked-In Group:
Comfort Principles and read the "About this group."
2. Send Robert Bean this message: "Please send me a copy of
Thermal Comfort Principles - you have my permission to send me
updates, corrections, and infrequent notifications about
courses." Sign off with your name, City, State/Province, and
3. Once we have the above we will send you your personal copy
with a unique password.
Expand Your Knowledge
Post your question on-line. If
it is general in nature and not an attempt to obtain free advice
for your project, Robert will answer it for the benefit of all
viewers. If you need specific advice for your project see below.
One hour, three hour and two day
programs are available. If you or your organization wish to
participate in or host an on-line or in-class program, or if you
need private project counselling, send us a message via
Edifice Complex Podcast is always looking for high calibre
guests who have a globally recognized voice and are challenging
the status quo. If you know of an outspoken individual in a
senior position with an international following that wants to
blow apart how buildings are designed, fabricated, commissioned
and operated we’re interested in sharing their voice. Please
e-mail us or contact Adam or Robert directly.
Sponsorship and Second Edition
We are raising funds for this and the second editions which
will include indoor air quality. Given the number of unique
visitors and followers on social media the demand for this free
book and subsequent editions will be high. If your organization
wishes to sponsors this page send us a private message.