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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 is 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 seeks papers addressing the applicability of passive design strategies in extreme climates improving occupants’ satisfaction, encouraging environmental diversity whilst minimising environmental impacts.
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Laval University School of Architecture in conjunction with International PLEA