The design approach
For architects and designers.
Detailed guidance about the minimum building and performance
standards for achieving MULTICOMFORT compliance.
A holistic solution
Taking a holistic approach to comfort, health and wellbeing in buildings is the way forward. And it's enabled by today's sophisticated simulation models. By carefully considering all the different areas of comfort that a building can and should provide, we're able to improve people's wellbeing within buildings - whatever the building function, and wherever they are in the world.
How do we access comfort?
Accessing (and predicting) comfort in any given building requires consideration of at least three dimensions, combining qualitative and quantitative aspects:
Quality of the
Performance of the
building envelope or fabric
Shaping the brief
When construction or renovating a building, comfort objectives should be set by the building owner, preferably with input from the future occupants. This assessment should take place at an early stage in the project, as it will influence many major decisions about the design.
Architects and designers can translate these comfort objectives into specific targets for thermal performance, acoustics, daylighting, air quality and soon - and then produce the final specification of building materials and systems.
Other considerations when designing to meet
MULTICOMFORT standards include:
Building form and orientation
Theoretically, MULTICOMFORT buildings can be built in any form, design and super structure (masonry, timber or metal framed, off - site manufactured or hybrid)...
Fabric & opaque element U-values
High levels of insulation are essential in MULTICOMFORT buildings, as the targets for energy consumption are demanding...
A thermal bridge is an area of the building fabric that has a higher thermal transmission than the adjacent parts of the building fabric – causing decreased overall thermal efficiency.
Airtightness and ventilation
To ensure a controlled indoor environment, leakages through the building envelope must be avoided. Effective controlled indoor air ventilation can only be achieved if the building fabric is airtight...
Window orientation and daylight autonomy
The windows in a MULTICOMFORT building are carefully sized, oriented and designed to help improve views, and maximize the benefi ts of natural daylight...
Primary energy demand
The aim of a MULTICOMFORT building is to create a highly energy efficient building envelope, which limits energy needs for heating, cooling, ventilation and artificial lighting...