Sury asked in EnvironmentGreen Living · 1 month ago

Can you give examples of eco friendly houses/buildings?

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    There is an ecology text by Wagner that devotes a chapter to this. Generally, you look to the style that "grew up" in the area. For example, in the humid tropics, you get houses designed to block sun and rain, rather than wind. You may get something like a second attic with no walls above the first, if there is a first attic at all. In contrast, the hot arid desert is dominated by thick-walled houses, usually painted white. The walls absorb heat during the day and release it at night. There is little exchange through windows because they are quite small. The result is that the buildings are quite comfortable, rather than being too hot during the day and too cold at night. Another contrast is the low-ceilinged houses of New England (keeping the heat down where the people are) versus the high-ceilinged one in the Deep South.

    Other mechanisms, less geographically-restricted, are ceiling fans and earth-sheltered homes.

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