Abstract Reviews on thermal comfort approaches and studies including field studies, laboratory studies and multi-dimensional scaling, have been carried out. It appears that the tendency of current research is towards more sophistication in measuring and relating objective to subjective domains of thermal comfort. The desire for increased accuracy has resulted in a situation where thermal fields have been studied in isolation from behavioural ones and independently of the environmental control system. This paper has encapsulated thermal comfort, the environmental control system and overall user satisfaction in two propositions, which were subjected to an empirical test in a sample from two different house typologies. Statistical analysis of user responses and climatic data revealed significant correlations between thermal comfort and the ability to effect environmental control, and thermal comfort and overall user satisfaction with the house form. Other variables, such as privacy were not significantly correlated with overall user satisfaction.