The way we heat, cool and ventilate our buildings is central to many of today’s concerns, including
providing comfortable, healthy and productive environments, using energy and materials efficiently,
and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As we drive towards a zero-carbon society, design solutions
that combine architecture, engineering and the needs of the individual are increasingly being sought.
Thermal Design of Buildings aims to provide an understanding from which such solutions can be
developed, placing technological developments within the context of a wider world view of the built
environment and energy systems, and an historical perspective of how buildings have responded to
climate and sustainable development.