Designing for Your Climate

The book Alternative Construction, by Lynne Elizabeth and Cassandra Adams, offers case scenarios for six different climate zones and which hybrid combinations of mass and insulation suit each climate. An expert can customize the appropriate proportion of insulation to mass, but by looking at nature and the

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17.1: Shade is a priority in a hot, sunny locale, and extends the living space outdoors.

Natural interior climate control of a building is an art and a science that takes in a variety of design considerations. What we offer is basic common sense examples that are simple, affordable, and low-tech. We suggest taking a class in permaculture for site and passive solar orientation for your locale.

dwellings devised by indigenous people, we can get a feel for what design features we too would find comfortable.

Let's look at design strategies for cooling, warming, and keeping an earthbag home, dry, that can be adapted to suit a range of climates.

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