How ’bout we build without the damned air conditioner?

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I was on a video call with my able partner David Kim this morning.  When the conversation turned to the elaborate requirements of the California Energy Code, he had what I thought was a really great idea. “What if we could build without air conditioning?”

I think that’s genius.  There are lots and lots of Architects and Sustainable Design people running around these days.  If we can challenge that brain trust to design buildings that do not require air conditioning, I’m sure they could come up with all kinds of great stuff.

2 thoughts on “How ’bout we build without the damned air conditioner?

  1. fggreene May 14, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Even if we end up building with the air conditioner, we should design and build as if there will be no air conditioner.

  2. Michael Ward May 18, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Traditional Persian “windcatcher”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windcatcher
    Designed for arid climates with extreme temperature variation of course, but this concept could be integrated with contemporary architecture.

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