New (and not so new ideas) for ventilating and cooling buildings promise to use less energy while taking advantage of nature.
Apr 4, 2014
It really is cool that the architects and engineers are bringing back ancient ideas. I think Persian-style wind catchers could really change the air-conditioning game. I wonder how people will take to the earth-and-rock-covered roofs idea. I'm not sure if I would be game for that one. http://www.bradlec.com.au/services
I'm not the only one who has thought of this, I see. Honestly, with all of the combined intelligence that the internet has allowed us to pool, it's a wonder we haven't been solving more problems like this. All it takes is a little creativity and drive. I wish that we could be more on top of climate change in general.
Do not put a lot of fans - better check direction of air flow It is better to have right installed 2 fans not 4 fans all blow inside the case . You have a greater chance of getting hit lightning, being bitten by a shark or winning the lottery.I like the idea of putting a powerful fan at the back og the case to raise the case interiot pressure high enough to keep dust out.Never thought along those lines GREAT IDEA!!
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I just got a heat-pump water filter- it takes the heat from my basement, puts it into my hot water, and vents cool dry air into my shop. No more oil burning, estimated costs of @ 180 a year in electricity.
And a little free air conditioning for the shop.
I'm all for more efficient air conditioning. In fact, I'm even for less of it. I don't understand why so many buildings have to be cooled to near arctic temperatures in the middle of summer. It's a waste of energy.
But once again C.C. Sullivan takes the opportunity to inflict his politics where it's not needed. C.C., there hasn't been any "warming up" for the better part of two decades now. In fact, even the IPCC has had to back off on the doom-and-gloom in AR5 after being so over-the-top embarrassing with AR4.
And am I the only one who notes the hypocrisy of featuring the "Spaceport America" as the prime example of this supposedly Earth-saving technology? A facility that exists primarily to engage in the high-carbon activity of launching 1%-ers into space for the mere amusement of doing so? At least these eco-elitist billionaires will be quite comfortable in the lobby before their space trip.
...according to the Laws of Thermodynamics, air conditioning is also contributing to global warming, unless it's completely passive. Ever stood at the outlet of an AC unit?
Many modern buildings and there problems are directly related to HVAC, acres of non-opening glass - leading to windows blinds and requirement for diffuses lighting, open plan offices...
... a bit of functionally appropriate partitioning - offices, smaller windows that open, and some damn fresh air would make inroads into this.
It's critical, as you note, to make sure that we minimize the potential climate-crushing impact of more AC. I wrote about this a few years back (http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2011/06/19/being-really-cool/) and have picked up a few ideas along the way since then. One of these might be of interest to your readers: ice. Cook + Fox make ice for their landmark One Bryant Park building. Green building is one of the best expressions going of climate activism! (http://www.anewerworld.net/?p=843)
Note also that the Rocky Mountain Institute (rmi.org) has long been in the forefront of developing and promoting efficient cooling and heating systems.
@JohnMcGrew I agree that we must be wise when trying to conserve energy. We often waste so much energy trying to get our home or office building to sub-zero temperatures. I personally find 70 degrees to be a very comfortable temperature. I assume that technology will continue to develop and adapt in order to meet the ever increasing demand of staying comfortable.
Now that NASA has given up engineering and the hard sciences for political science, it's a toss-up as to which will be gone first. I'm betting NASA.
@antiguajohn @JohnMcGrew Certainly less than the green lobby feedback loop is paying you.
As for NASA, don't you think it's sad that they're now being forced to spew out social statements instead of engineering actual technological achievements that might actually be of use to society? In little more than a generation, the agency that put people on the moon has now been denigrated down to being little more than a cadre of community organizers issuing Progressive pap. Anything for a paycheck, I guess.