Posted by Gary R on January 24, 2003 at 07:21:21:
In Reply to: what r we constructing posted by Anant Tankha on January 24, 2003 at 03:00:57:
While I think using the word "all" is a bit over the top, I echo your general sentiment, for many reasons. Think of the energy savings, alone, not to mention the health benefits of living and working in buildings that, in some cases, if designed correctly, don't even require an active HVAC system (which distributes dust, pollen, mold, dust mites, etc. into our air). Buildings in which the mean temperature is naturally and passively moderated so as to require little or no adjustment would have a profound effect, if their construction became widespread enough.
I know that many regard this type of structure as being part of a continuum of "green" or "earthship" architecture that is widely dismissed as the work of aging hippies, but there are some valid arguments for subterranean and earth-sheltered architecture.
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