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Aleksandar Tepavcevic

Institute of Buildings and Energy, Graz University of Technology

http://www.ige.tugraz.at

Rechbauerstrasse 12, Graz, Austria
Aleksandar Tepavcevic - design architect with working experience in diverse architectural offices in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and Austria. Won several prizes on international architectural competitions and held presentations on numerous conferences: Bauhaus Solar 2014 Clima 2016 Aalborg, Denmark, WSBE 2017 Hong Kong; CISBAT 2019, Lausanne, Switzerland… Currently works as an assistant professor at the Institute of Buildings and Energy, TU Graz where he is enrolled on doctoral studies.

“The space around the fireplace”


Energy‐saving potentials through the thermal comfort zoning strategies in architectural design

“The space around the fireplace”


Energy‐saving potentials through the thermal comfort zoning strategies in architectural design
The project explores energy‐saving potential in buildings through thermal comfort redefinition and functional adjustments
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

A proper thermal comfort is essential for the well‐being and the productivity of the human race, yet
the price paid for such a comfort, in the light of the ongoing global warming and climate changes, is
increasing every day. The challenge of creating a more sustainable society is tackled mostly through
increased use of renewable energy sources, optimization of the building shape and envelope, and
through the implementation of energy‐efficient building systems. The aim of this idea is to address
further energy‐saving potentials achievable by the redefinition of the thermal comfort inside the
buildings, by the introduction of transitory thermal comfort categories. Coupling the disposition of the
functional requirements with the viable external and internal heat gains, expected comfort levels and
user occupancy schedules, thermal and functional zoning of the buildings around the thermal
hotspots could create new layouts, which are both spatially logical and more energy‐efficient.


“The space around the fireplace”


Energy‐saving potentials through the thermal comfort zoning strategies in architectural design

“The space around the fireplace”


Energy‐saving potentials through the thermal comfort zoning strategies in architectural design
The project explores energy‐saving potential in buildings through thermal comfort redefinition and functional adjustments
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

A proper thermal comfort is essential for the well‐being and the productivity of the human race, yet
the price paid for such a comfort, in the light of the ongoing global warming and climate changes, is
increasing every day. The challenge of creating a more sustainable society is tackled mostly through
increased use of renewable energy sources, optimization of the building shape and envelope, and
through the implementation of energy‐efficient building systems. The aim of this idea is to address
further energy‐saving potentials achievable by the redefinition of the thermal comfort inside the
buildings, by the introduction of transitory thermal comfort categories. Coupling the disposition of the
functional requirements with the viable external and internal heat gains, expected comfort levels and
user occupancy schedules, thermal and functional zoning of the buildings around the thermal
hotspots could create new layouts, which are both spatially logical and more energy‐efficient.



Idea by

Aleksandar Tepavcevic
Institute of Buildings and Energy, Graz University of Technology
Rechbauerstrasse 12
Graz
Austria
Aleksandar Tepavcevic - design architect with working experience in diverse architectural offices in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and Austria. Won several prizes on international architectural competitions and held presentations on numerous conferences: Bauhaus Solar 2014 Clima 2016 Aalborg, Denmark, WSBE 2017 Hong Kong; CISBAT 2019, Lausanne, Switzerland… Currently works as an assistant professor at the Institute of Buildings and Energy, TU Graz where he is enrolled on doctoral studies.