Pitts, Adrian, bin Saleh, Jasmi and Sharples, Steve (2008) Building Transition Spaces, Comfort and Energy Use. In: Towards Zero Energy Building. 25th Passive and Low Energy Architecture International Conference (2008). PLEA, Dublin, Ireland.

This paper describes research concerned with comfort in transition spaces. Transition
spaces are entrance foyers, lobbies, atriums, corridors and other spaces through which
people pass in travelling between the exterior and interior environment, or between different
interior spaces. Such spaces tend to have higher energy requirements because of their
stronger linkage with variations in the external climate. Transition spaces also offer
opportunities too: they can act to condition occupant response when moving between zones,
and occupant expectations for comfort in such zones may also be less stringent than for
more continuously occupied spaces. The paper discusses these issues and includes
analysis of occupants surveyed whilst passing through transition spaces. Results indicate
that a wider interpretation of comfort bands is possible and that energy savings could be

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