Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Looking at nature for sustainable comfort

The Writing Engineer | The pen is mightier than the protractor.
Natural cooling and ventilation as used by termites: Architect Mick Pearce and engineering firm Arup designed Zimbabwe’s largest office and shopping complex, Eastgate Centre to use 100% outside air as the sole source of  cooling for the building.     This “passive cooling” method, which uses only about 10% of the energy of a mechanically air-conditioned system, uses natural convection currents (assisted by fans) to provide fresh, cool air to the building.  This design was inspired by African termites that use a similar temperature control system in their mounds, as described by Abigail Doan in her Inhabitat blog post.

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