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Sunlighthouse – an evaluation of the thermal environment, solar shading and natural ventilation

Here, the thermal environment of Sunlighthouse, a residential building in Austria, is investigated with a particular focus on summer and the role of solar shading and natural ventilation. The house has generous daylight conditions and is designed to be CO2 neutral, with a good indoor environment. The thermal environment was evaluated according to the Active House specification and it is found that the house has a comfortable environment in summer, with window openings playing an important role and external solar shading used frequently.

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