Never Pay an Air Conditioning Bill Again with These New Home Designs
Architecture and design are constantly working hand in hand to evolve and improve the dwellings we live in. With new technologies and a focus on making our homes more natural and in tune with the surrounding environment, we can live comfortable lives in awesome homes.
Imagine homes built so well and that are so dialed into the surrounding environment that you don’t need to have an air conditioner to cool them off. This is called passive cooling and it might be the coolest thing since sliced bread.
What Exactly is Passive Cooling?
While we all know that there is nothing better than the cold blast from an air conditioner on a sweltering hot day, air conditioning is not the most environmentally friendly thing out there. The units used to create that cold air are usually large, consume a lot of power, use harsh chemicals like Freon and cost a lot of money.
Homes that are passively cooled use technology or devices that do not consume any energy to create a comfortable inside temperature.
How do You Passively Cool a Home?
The most common methods used to passively cool a home are sheltering it from the light and heat of the sun in some way, taking advantage of a consistent or predictable breeze or using/creating a water source to cool the air temperature around the house.
By taking advantage of the natural environment around the house, the builders and home owners can maximize the temperature reducing qualities and help keep the occupants cool and comfortable without the use of energy sucking devices and technology.
Awesome Passively Cooled Homes
Wind Vault House – One of the most unique passively cooled houses is called the Wind Vault House and is located in Singapore. This house uses wood screens that are angled to take advantage of the consistent winds that blow through the area.
The screens act like a ship’s sail and channel wind inside the house to provide a constant breeze and keep the ambient temperature low. This extremely unique design combines with a swimming pool to lower the air temperature, making the air even cooled that blows through the house.
YAK01 – This house, located in Bangkok, is another example of a passively cooled house. The upper floor is cantilevered over the bottom floor and creates a cool, shaded garden space on the bottom floor. Furthermore, the house is created in an L shape and positioned parallel to a swimming pool.
This design cools the house in two additional ways:
- The pool cools the air which is then drawn into the living spaces of the home
- The bathrooms, staircases and other service areas are on the outside of the design and absorb heat before it reaches the rest of the home.
While it may seem completely foreign to not have an air conditioning unit, if home designers in tropical Thailand and Singapore can make it work, so can we. While people in the South West might not want to give it a whirl, these types of home designs will become more prevalent as many people look to reduce the expenses it takes to run a home as well as their environmental footprint.