Design strategies for houses in cold-climate regions of Japan

Hiroshi Yoshino

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This paper describes the climatic characteristics of cold-climate regions in Japan. Building construction and performance, housing equipment, indoor climate, and energy consumption of dwellings in the cold-climate regions are discussed with reference to the literature. As newly constructed houses in Japan become more highly insulated and airtight, the indoor thermal environment is being improved. However, many problems have arisen in airtight houses related to indoor air pollution, reverse flow due to negative pressure, and vapor condensation. In order to solve such problems, it is necessary to provide guidelines for the optimum combination of housing equipment adequate to the airtightness level of a house, to develop programs for ventilation design, and to transfer technical information to end-users, designers, and builders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)625-634
Number of pages10
JournalASHRAE Transactions
Issue numberpt 1
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Jan 1
EventASHRAE Winter Meeting - Technical Papers - New York, NY, USA
Duration: 1991 Jan 191991 Jan 23

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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