Designing Self-Cooling Buildings

Faced with the high cost of air-conditioning and its environmental impact, architects in the U.S. are studying techniques for cooling building using natural means.
December 12, 2001, 9am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"Architects [in the U.S.] are now studying the naturally ventilated buildings that have begun to appear in environmentally conscious countries like Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom. These buildings use strategically placed vents, atria and other architectural features that take advantage of simple physical principles to keep interior temperatures comfortable. Intake and exhaust vents create crosscurrents, and 'stack ventilation' vents work like a chimney, sucking hot air out of the top of a building and bringing cooler air in at the bottom."

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Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 in The New York Times
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