Discussion Handout 15 ThinkSheet Prompt 5

Discussion Handout 15 ThinkSheet Prompt 5 - ARC 308...

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ARC 308 Architecture and Society 00495 & 00470 Spring 2011 TA: Emily Ray [email protected] Discussion Handout #15 THINKSHEET PROMPT TS5 TS5: THERMAL CONSIDERATIONS Part I: According to Professor Speck, architects who are concerned about climate consider three things: massing, fenestration, and solar shading. Is your building conscious of any of these three considerations? What materials were chosen for the skin and how do they succeed or fail to facilitate passive heating or cooling based on your building s specific climate? Look for clues using plans and sections and don t be afraid to make assumptions. Even if your building uses air conditioning or heating systems, it might also employ some passive heating and/or cooling strategies that help alleviate the enormous job of having to heat or cool the building by mechanical systems alone. Part II: According to Lisa Heschong, many buildings stimulate the senses by employing different microclimates within and around the building. Does your building create any microclimates using courtyards, roof terraces, porches, etc?
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