Design 
  Community 
  Architecture 
  Discussion 
 

Message - Re: what r we constructing - underwater?

    Responses | Architecture Forum | Architecture Students | Architecture Scrapbook | ArchitectureWeek    
   

Posted by  Gary R on January 27, 2003 at 07:01:41:

In Reply to:  Re: what r we constructing - underwater? posted by JWmHarmon on January 24, 2003 at 12:40:50:

No building type or construction method is without its drawbacks, and you are right in pointing out those of earth sheltered design. However, as you also point out, these factors can be reduced or eliminated altogether with good design. That said, I think it's self-evident that any structure, above grade or below, always works better when designed properly in the first place. Who would do otherwise?

The problem of Radon gas is a problem for houses constructed above grade, as well as below grade. With proper ventilation, though, that hazard is reduced or eliminated. Also, a thorough analysis of soil composition done prior to design and construction can aid in determining whether or not Radon is goign to be a problem or not. Not every site has sufficient quantities of uranium in the soil to make them a Radon hazard.

As for the water table issue, naturally you wouldn't build in an area with a high water table. This is one reason why I said to the guy who posted the original message in this thread that building all underground buildings everywhere is a bit over the top. Granted, earth sheltered buildings have advantages, but a world with nothing but earth sheltered buildings is pure fantasy.

Gary

 
 
ArchitectureWeek     Search     Buildings     Architects     Types     Places     Pix     Free 3D Models     Store     Library

Search GreatBuildings.com by name of Building, Architect, or Place:   
Examples:  "Fallingwater",  "Wright",  "Paris"           Advanced Search

Responses:




Post a Response -

Name:
E-Mail:

Subject:


This is an archive page. Please post continuing discussion to the new Architecture Forums.

To post successfully to the new membership-based DesignCommunity Forums:

    1) Go to the new forums area.
    2) Register with a valid email address.
    3) Receive and respond to the confirmation email.
    4) Then login to the new forum system.



 

Special thanks to our Sustaining Subscribers including BuilderSpace.com .

Home | Great Buildings | CAD Outpost | DesignWorkshop | Free 3D | Gallery | Search | ArchitectureWeek
This document is provided for on-line viewing only. /discussion/25120.html