Cooling existing buildings

Recommendation 85
Measures against incoming solar heat

Chapter (theme)
Architectural spaces (temperature)

Because of
sensory sensitivity (warmth), stereotypical patterns: rigidity

In order to
prevent overheating.

The theme temperature already sketches the problems which may arise between an autistic, and other family members as a result of maladaptive responses to changes in the ambient temperature. This concerns (semi-)conscious behavior, such as a change of clothes, opening a window, going outside or inside. There is much to be said for trying to keep the ambient temperature between the narrow limits of 96 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This may not completely solve differences in temperature experience and how these work out in daily interaction. What the maintenance of ‘objective’ thermal comfort will do, however, is insure that the autistic family member will not become overheated or hypothermic and also that others have the best argument for not giving in to unreasonable demands with regard to the ambient temperature.

An important contribution to this end is the prevention of overheating by solar heat. If such prevention is insufficient in an existing home, the following measures may be taken:

  • a second ceiling immediately below the roof ceiling
  • a second cavity
  • transverse ventilation below the roof
  • if necessary, better insulated attics
  • if not present: double glazing.



double glazing

Dual-glazed windows of course also contribute to energy efficiency and minimization of condensation.