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The topic of "passive cooling" is of major interest for climatic regions typical of the Mediterranean Basin where air-conditioning power, in summer, is increasing rapidly to meet the demand for modern standards of comfort in both dwellings and work places. In Greece newly installed air conditioning power has increased nine-fold in the last three years. During 1988 the electricity load of the Italian electricity grid, for the first time, reached its yearly maximum in the summer because of power supplied to air conditioning equipment. Similar trends are observed in Spain and Portugal. An important fraction of the cooling load in the building sector could be saved by applying passive cooling techniques. However, it should be recognised that this field has not reached the same level of knowledge and maturity as solar passive heating because of a late start and the complexities due to interactions with the problems of human comfort. The aims of this workshop were not only to assess the state of the art, but also to identify areas where future research is needed, to prepare actions which could contribute to prenormative and normative activities and to encourage future collaboration.

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Authors: ARANOVITCH E, JRC Ispra (IT);DE OLIVEIRA FERNANDES E, Universidade do Porto, Porto (PT);STEEMERS T C (EDITORS), CEC Bruxelles (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13078 EN (1990) 304 pp., FS, ECU 23.75
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1690-8
Record Number: 199011812 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en