MULTI COMFORT Buildings and the MULTI COMFORT Design Concept are all about building and renovating our homes, our workplaces, our schools and other buildings where we spend our time in order to give the people who are using them the ultimate in terms of comfort but also to improve their health and wellbeing.
MULTI COMFORT buildings incorporate the PassivHaus standard so they give the ultimate in terms of thermal comfort and have a very low energy demand just like PassivHaus buildings, but then they go beyond that by incorporating criteria that gives users:
- the highest acoustic comfort, so it’s a really sound environment for whatever people are doing in those buildings,
- great quality of light, in particular they give a massive amount of natural daylight but not too much that the building overheats or has too much glare within the building, and
- improved air-quality, which is increasingly important as we’re becoming more urban and our buildings are surrounded by busy roads, on flight paths or are perhaps in areas where there are lots of emissions and pollutants.
Saint-Gobain developed the MULTI COMFORT building concept because as human beings we are now spending up to 90% of our time indoors and a lot of that time in buildings. We started from the premise that buildings needed to be designed for us and for the amount of time that we’re spending in them. Rather than looking at buildings in terms of how we can minimise any potential negative impacts either on the people using them or the environment. We started at the other end of the scale and thought if we had a blank sheet of paper, and we designed a building that had the best impact, not only on the environment but also on the people using the buildings, in terms of how comfortable they feel when they are using them and actually how we can improve their overall wellness, what would that building look like, what criteria would the building need to meet? It is that criteria that developed into the MULTI COMFORT building standard. Click here to find out what is the difference between green, sustainable and healthy building.
We’re working with a number of clients, their designated architects and their contractors and construction teams in order to build, or renovate, some buildings to the MULTI COMFORT standard so that it will give us the case study data to be able to show that MULTI COMFORT buildings are achievable, they can be built and delivered to achieve both the PassivHaus standard and the MULTI COMFORT criteria. But then we are doing a lot of monitoring of those buildings so that we can get the hard data, but also the qualitative softer data from those using the building to tell us exactly what it feels like.