Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Thermal comfort and market niches for apartment buildings: impact of the current thermal regulation in the private real estate market in Santiago de Chile

Felipe Encinas Pino, André De Herde, Carlos Aguirre Núñez, Carlos Marmolejo Duarte


Almost a decade has passed since Chile begins to implement a Thermal Regulation for
dwellings, which established a minimum requirement for each building component, according to
different climatic zones. This article proposes a series of dynamic simulations, in order to
assess the thermal comfort (during winter and summer) of apartments in Santiago de Chile for
lower and upper middle class. Some building typologies were defined by means of the twostage
clustering methodology. These were built using the properties for sale database of (2003-2009). The results of thermal simulations show that the Thermal
Regulation has a positive impact in the thermal behaviour of these typologies during the heating
season. However, at the same time, there is an important risk of overheating in summer.

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