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Pfeiffer, Peter L. (2008) Real and Relevant Green Building. pp. 1-6.


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Every region should employ different “Green Building” strategies that reflect the particular region’s climate, availability of materials, and traditional building practices. An igloo would make perfect sense on the north slope of Alaska, but would not be an effective green building in North Carolina. When considering difficulties of human comfort and energy efficiency for residential structures in parts of the country which rely on air-conditioning, the primary culprits are the infiltration of outside air, improper orientation, excess solar heat gain, and internal loads that produce humidity and heat. A house is a system. Often, one component (such as a power attic fan) can affect another, seemingly unrelated, feature (such as mold growth under a bathroom vanity). Furthermore, buildings are built differently than they were just a quarter of a century ago. Three important aspects that have radically changed the operation of a typical, modern building are the extensive use of thermal insulation, the development of tighter building envelopes, and the popular use of over-sized, forced-air heating and cooling systems. These items have significantly added to the comfort of our homes and buildings – yet have also made them much more susceptible to problems if not done correctly! A high performance house is like a high performance car – will need more attention and operator skill!

Item Type: Article
Subjects: English > Management and Case Studies
Depositing User: Malin Bekkebråten
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2008 12:51
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2016 14:05

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