Design

Published on March 10th, 2009 | by ziggy

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Ways To Prevent Global Warming Through Natural Building

Through natural building, there are many ways to prevent global warming. Conventional suburban houses are large, poorly designed, and inefficient, and the manufacturing and construction processes are big contributors to global warming.

Natural building is a sustainable design approach that promotes low impact homes built with natural and recycled materials. I will highlight two different techniques in natural building that promote global warming prevention through increased energy efficiency.

Passive solar homes

You can lower your energy bills with a home that is designed for maximum energy efficiency. One of the most important design elements in efficient natural buildings is passive solar construction. Passive solar homes feature smart design considerations that can dramatically decrease the need for active energy heating and cooling systems — or, in other words, you will spend less money on heating and cooling.

Effectively, passive solar homes stay cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter with lesser need for air conditioning and heating. Passive solar homes feature large south-facing windows that let in a wealth of sunlight in wintertime and help warm up a space. With the proper calculations and other considerations, direct sunlight is prevented from entering in summertime, keeping a room cool and comfortable.

Thermal mass

You can live more comfortably in a house that features thermal mass. Combined with the concepts of passive solar construction, thermal mass will help capture and store heat for extended periods of time. Consumer Energy Center says: “thermal mass in the form of concrete, masonry or water has a much better storage capacity for heating and cooling than does the surrounding air.” Nothing feels nicer than a warm surface to walk or sit on.

Let’s imagine our passive solar home with an earthen floor. An earthen floor will capture heat as a result of sunlight striking the surface, and that heat will be stored over an extended period of time. Or one other possibility is to build a cob wall where southern sunlight will strike its surface. The heat stored in this wall will slowly seep out into the surrounding space.

Ultimately, mass floors and walls can store heat for long periods of time, resulting in less energy spent on heating the air in a space.

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You can learn how to prevent global warming through natural building techniques. Passive solar design, combined with thermal mass results in energy-efficient homes that result in less carbon entering our precious atmosphere.

See also: Ways to prevent global warming on your vacation

(Image credit: flickr via theentiremikey)

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About the Author

I'm a 26-year-old currently living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in northeast Missouri, an intentional community devoted to sustainable living and culture change. Things you might find me doing here (other than blogging) are building with natural materials, gardening, beekeeping, making cheese, candlemaking, and above all else, living simply. You can read about my on-going natural building projects at: http://www.small-scale.net/yearofmud



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