Passive CoolingContemporary Exterior, London

BedZED, a mixed-use, carbon-neutral development in Wallington, London, designed by Zedfactory.

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Mariana Pickering (Emu Building Science) added this to Time-Tested, Low-Tech Ways to Cool a HomeJul 22, 2014

Modern application: Even in different climatic conditions, directing airflow can increase the perception of a comfortable temperature and contribute to a natural ventilation strategy. These wind cowls (or chimneys) were designed for the BedZed housing project in the U.K. They adjust to the direction of the wind to draw air through a ventilation system in the apartments below, while minimizing heat loss.More: 6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning

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CardosoGroup added this to home exteriorFeb 18, 2018

Modern application: Even in different climatic conditions, directing airflow can increase the perception of a comfortable temperature and contribute to a natural ventilation strategy. These wind cowls (or chimneys) were designed for the BedZed housing project in the U.K. They adjust to the direction of the wind to draw air through a ventilation system in the apartments below, while minimizing heat loss.More: 6 Ways to Cool Off Without Air Conditioning

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matkk added this to Roofing materialFeb 19, 2016

Harness the power I don’t care what erstwhile ex-Australian treasurers say, I think wind turbines are majestic. Roof turbines are lightweight, spinning vents that draw air out of the roof cavity. Powered by nature, these passive ventilation devices will whisk away excessive heat during the hotter months, as well as dampness during the cooler months. In summer, the space in your roof can get up to 50-60 degrees Celsius, so installing one of these ‘whirligigs’ will keep your power bills down and have your cooling and heating systems working efficiently. In the cooler months, up to 12 litres of moisture can gather in your roof space. Moisture from bathrooms, laundries and kitchens accumulates in the roof cavity. Without effective ventilation, the insulation will become damp and the timber frames vulnerable. Moist conditions in the roof can result in the growth of mould and timber rot. BedZED, (pictured) is a cutting edge sustainable community in London, which includes an organically fuelled heat and power plant, onsite sewerage treatment works, a rainwater recycling system and natural wind-powered ventilation. TIP: Speak to an expert about how many of these gadgets you need to install to make your home systems more efficient.

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