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Best of Greenbuild Webcast: Finding Thermal Nirvana: Creativity in Thermal

  • May 17, 2017
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • In Person (Auld & White Constructors 4168 Southpoint Parkway Suite #101 Jacksonville, Florida 32216) OR At Your Desk via GoToWebinar


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  • In Person: Auld & White Constructors 4168 Southpoint Parkway Suite #101 Jacksonville, Florida 32216
  • At Your Desk via GoToWebinar (watch for email from this registration as there is one more step after to get your GTW access)


The industry-standard approach to thermal comfort is to design static environments that make 80% of typical occupants comfortable. But static environments aren’t what we enjoy – they lack vitality and engagement with our surroundings, related to the biological principle of alliesthesia. And they don’t represent the diversity in our current workplace, which has a wider range of gender, clothing levels, and flexibility.

Instead of this static vision of thermal comfort, this session will present an alternative: thermal design, which is a creative endeavor that involves architects, engineers, and building operators working together to make more comfortable, healthier, dynamic spaces. Our goal is to improve well-being while also driving towards net-zero energy buildings. The session will provide a brief introduction to the biology and physics of thermal comfort, then outline the critical steps in the thermal design process. We’ll discuss creating a “thermal program” and “thermal pathway” early in each project.  Next we’ll discuss innovative ways of analyzing and predicting thermal comfort. We’ll share tools and analysis methods and discuss how we use this information to push the boundary of conventional design. Last we’ll discuss innovative ways to use occupant feedback to control buildings.


  1. Recognize and think creatively about the biological and physical factors that affect thermal comfort, beyond just air temperature, and relate them to ASHRAE 55 (WELL Feature 76)
  2. Create a thermal program for any building, incorporating the concept of free address (WELL Feature 82)
  3. Apply new simulation methods that better predict thermal comfort, know when to use them during design, and how to use them to convince stakeholders to accept innovative designs
  4. Integrate new occupant-driven approaches to controls personal thermal comfort devices (WELL Feature 82)


Gail Brager, PhD

Professor and Associate Director, Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California

Shruti Kasarekar, LEED AP, BEMP, BEAP

Associate, Atelier Ten, San Francisco, California

Claire Maxfield, LEED Fellow

Director, Atelier Ten, San Francisco, California


  • 1 GBCI LEED Specific BD+C
  • 1 AIA LU/HSW
  • 1 BOMI CPD
  • 0.1 IDCEC 


Many thanks to USGBC Northeast Florida Region volunteers for hosting this webcast!

Venue host

Kudos to Auld & White Constructors for being our venue host for the Best of Greenbuild Series!


PLEASE NOTE: There is a two step process to this registration.  You will receive an email after this (check your junk and clutter mail if you don't receive something) that will have an email with a URL inside the body that you will need to click on and add your name and email to obtain a unique access link directly from GoToWebinar before your registration is complete.  To recap, register now, open email from customercare@gotowebinar.com and click on link, add your name and email, and get final email with direct login url for webcast.


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