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thesis energy efficient institute
hi...my name is harshad ...and in next semester i have to submit my thesis and i have decided to take energy efficient earth institute as my thesis topic. so if any one have any information regarding this topic ,please help me.
Harshad Agrawal
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thesis energy efficient institute
Harshad, What about an underground design with courtyards as lightwells?
Frank John Snelling
thesis energy efficient institute
y underground? it costs more money and more time, more resources, hence not sustainable.
T C
thesis energy efficient institute
Tilanka, I was primarily thinking of the energy efficient angle.
Frank John Snelling
thesis energy efficient institute
yes i knw. but how can it be energy efficient if it costs more time and more resources... it just isnt energy efficient to build underground cos more energy is wasted in the whole process than building above ground.
T C
thesis energy efficient institute
Tilanka, This is a "swings and roundabout" situation.

The energy cost of (a) burrowing (building underground), (b) digging a hole, putting a building in the hole and then putting the earth back, or (c) building and then burying the building underground; is offset by the energy saved through the years by the thick and insulating blanket of soil over the building.

Caves are naturally cool in summer and naturally warm in winter. This is an energy efficient solution which has been in use for millenia.
Frank John Snelling
thesis energy efficient institute
so what about the lighting and ventilation needs of the building? how much energy will it take to either mechanically ventilate or use ventilations shafts? and natural lighting for lighting purposes will be impossible except for using skylights... that again wouldn't be energy efficient than building above ground. building underground causes energy wastage how ever you put it, even if you bury the building or build directly underground. water proofing alone is a gargantuan task,not to mention other difficulties. the only plus points of building underground that i see isthat you get good heat insulation.
building underground simply isn't efficient, or sustainable.
T C
thesis energy efficient institute
Tilanka, what is a building but a cave complex? In other words to create a group of associated living spaces one can (a) hollow out the spaces, or (b) build solid walls to enclose the spaces.

Actually, I was thinking of the very sucessful way in which cave homes around the world have been dug into hillsides of soft rock, etc.

Obviously, trying to build underground homes in a flood plain is not feasible.
Frank John Snelling
thesis energy efficient institute
Oops! I shall have to watch the adverbs.
Frank John Snelling
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