PLEA 2009


École d'architecture
Faculté d'aménagement,
d'architecture et des arts visuels

Université Laval
Québec, Canada G1K 7P4
Groupe de recherche en ambiances physiques








Architecture Energy and the Occupant's Perspective


  Program [français]

The PLEA2009 Conference addresses passive low energy architecture through occupants’ perspective at the urban and building scales. Although major breakthroughs in sustainable architecture stem from technological solutions bridging material properties and energy flows, the aim of the conference was to position users’ behaviour as a key « active » determinant of energy performance in passive design given some adaptive opportunities. Building under extreme climate represents a particular challenge for designers and users since the underlying paradigm of energy conservation and exclusive operation mode dramatically reduces the extent of selective strategies otherwise available under more temperate climes. The conference particularly addressed the applicability of passive design strategies in extreme climates improving occupants’ satisfaction, encouraging environmental diversity whilst minimising environmental impacts.
  • Occupants’ Impact on Energy Performance
  • Theory and History of Environmental Controls
  • Sustainable Urban Design and Communities
  • Post Occupancy Evaluation (Thermal, Visual, Acoustical, Olfactory)
  • Passive Cooling
  • Passive Heating
  • Daylighting
  • Integrated Design Process
  • Design Tools and Methods
  • Materials, Components and Innovative Systems

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