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Comfort:How Much Is Too Much? The Challenge for Environmental Policy
Pages: 30-34
Year: Issue:  7
Journal: World Architecture

Keyword:  comfortenvironmentpolicyclimateresources;
Abstract: This article highlights the many research framings and perspectives of comfort in relation to the built environment.It addresses the question of how much is too much by placing the trend for increased comfort and its energy and resource requirements in the context of the pressing global challenges of maintaining climate stability,viable ecosystems and addressing social and distributional issues.Considering the policy framework that will affect the planning of built environment and comfort within it,the article highlights research findings on insights into how consumers behave in relation to environmental choices.This focus on the role of the consumer is based on the premise that comfort is at least partly a social construct which those working in architecture,planning and policy need to be able to shape.
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