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Earth Construction and the Meaning of Thermal Inertia



This article discusses the notion of thermal inertia in architecture through the history of thermal science. It shows that thermal inertia is an intuitive and essential property to ensure the thermal comfort of buildings, although it is sometimes largely ignored. In our opinion, designing according to thermal inertia implies having a temporal approach to the phenomena of heat propagation and not being satisfied with the sole research of thermal insulation.


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