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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Addicted to Air Conditioning systems

With the number of air conditioning systems we rely on in Nigeria, from cars to those in our living rooms, I feel it necessary to touch on this subject.

Some 'environmental' modules I completed in university, opened the vast sea of 'renewable and conservational' approaches to dealing with various heating and cooling loads in residential properties.

The first idea that came to mind was the double roof construction/system, which literally uses 'two roofs' to reduce solar radiation and direct heat gain from the overhead sun.
(Other principles of providing thermal comfort in buildings will be covered in future posts).


Double roofs can be constructed from a wide variety of materials, and suit Nigeria's hot climate and they are inexpensive solutions to heat gain through the roof of a building.




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