Cooling of 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 explains how many people with autism lack the ability to respond adequately to deviating ambient temperatures. This concerns (semi-)conscious behavior, such as a change of clothes, opening a window, going outside or inside. The aim, therefore, should be to try and keep the ambient temperature between the narrow limits of 96 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

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.



Dual-glazed windows

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