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Bollo, C S and Cole, R J (2019) Decoupling climate-policy objectives and mechanisms to reduce fragmentation. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 219–33.

Bradley, P E (2019) Methodology for the sequence analysis of building stocks. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 141–55.

Ellsworth-Krebs, K, Reid, L and Hunter, C J (2019) Integrated framework of home comfort: relaxation, companionship and control. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 202–18.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: comfort; dwellings; home; home comfort; homemaking; housing; occupant satisfaction; thermal comfort;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2017.1410375
  • Abstract:
    Home comfort is posited here as the state of relaxation and wellbeing that results from companionship and control to manage the home as desired. To date, studies of comfort have been dominated by building and natural scientists, laboratory settings and technical approaches, which understand comfort in physical, and primarily thermal, terms. Yet, the extensive research on the meaning and making of home by sociologists, human geographers, historians, anthropologists and philosophers highlights that there is much more to inhabitants’ expectations of the home than ensuring physiological ‘needs’ such as warmth. The home is imbued with emotional, social and cultural meaning, and is significant to individuals’ wellbeing in terms of it being (idealized as) a place of rest, family, continuity, control and security. For the first time, this paper brings together home and housing scholarship to conceptualize the findings of a qualitative study on the meanings of home comfort. In doing so, it offers a broad empirically and conceptually informed framework of home comfort and challenges the existing constrained notions and practices for the provision of comfort.

Evans, S, Liddiard, R and Steadman, P (2019) Modelling a whole building stock: domestic, non-domestic and mixed use. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 156–72.

Haddad, S, Osmond, P and King, S (2019) Application of adaptive thermal comfort methods for Iranian schoolchildren. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 173–89.

Pelsmakers, S, Croxford, B and Elwell, C (2019) Suspended timber ground floors: measured heat loss compared with models. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 127–40.

Roberts, C, Bobrova, Y and Marjanovic-Halburd, L (2019) Impacts of energy legislation on organizational motivation: a case study. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 234–44.

Traylor, C, Zhao, W and Tao, Y X (2019) Utilizing modulating-temperature setpoints to save energy and maintain alliesthesia-based comfort. Building Research & Information, 47(02), 190–201.