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MULTICOMFORT:
The design approach

For architects and designers.

Detailed guidance about the minimum building and performance
standards for achieving MULTICOMFORT compliance.

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People fundamentally value the ability to feel good as they
go about their daily lives.

Architects and engineers are increasingly focused on the question of how to achieve a healthy indoor environment that contributes to our quality of life. But the relationships between wellbeing and indoor environments are complex - and have, before now, largely been dealt with in an individual way.

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:

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User assessment

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Quality of the
indoor environment

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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.

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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)...

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Fabric & opaque element U-values

High levels of insulation are essential in MULTICOMFORT buildings, as the targets for energy consumption are demanding...

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Thermal bridges

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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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CERTIFICATION

Want to ensure you meet
MULTICOMFORT standards?

As a consequence, MULTICOMFORT projects are also certified by the most recognized third-party global building labelling schemes, such as.

LEED, BREEAM, HQE and DGNB

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If you’re interested in ensuring your building also meets MULTICOMFORT standards, please get in touch.

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