Thermal Comfort

Thermal comfort—staying warm in winter and cool in summer—depends on

  • Environmental Variables
    • Mean Radiant Temperature
    • Air Temperature
    • Relative Humidity
    • Air Motion
  • Personal Variables
    • Clothing
    • Metabolic Rate
    • Cultural Expectations

Visualizing Thermal Comfort by Arizona State University

that condition of the mind that expresses satisfaction with the thermal environment

Acoustic Comfort

Acoustic comfort depends on

  • reducing airborne sound transmission
  • reducing structurally transmitted impact noise
  • masking unwanted sounds
  • eliminating noise sources

A Passive House office or home is typically quieter because it has

  • high-performance windows that block street noise
  • no noisy PTAC or window A/C unit
  • fresh air supplied at low velocity

Get comfortable in a Passive House!