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Thermally Correct?——Sliding Parameters in the French and German Contexts
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Pages: 22-29
Year: Issue:  7
Journal: World Architecture

Keyword:  thermal comfortlow-energy buildingsexternal thermal insulationFranceGermanyarchitectural variety;
Abstract: In the 1970 s,in France as in other European countries,the concern for thermal comfort in terms of optimal temperature gave way to a notion of energetic performance of buildings.Legislation on energy consumption of buildings has become more stringent in the last decade and now encompasses not only new but historical buildings.Criticism is arising of the massive use of polluting insulating materials and of the risk of disfiguring old buildings and reducing the variety of architectural expressions.Can an improvement of the thermal performance be made compatible with the preservation of architectural diversity and quality? Does the focus on the energy consumption of buildings conceal other wasteful practices?
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