Environmental Systems




In the Environmental Systems class students were responsible for learning a multitude of sustainable concepts such as thermal

massing, shading, daylighting, and ventilation. Not only were students tested on these concepts, but they were also responsible for

applying them to their own independently developed project. The project could be located in a variety of climates from Phoenix to

Vancouver. Each team of two then had to analyze the climate and decide which strategies were best to create a sustainable home.



Analysis proved that the Phoenix climate had high diurnal temperature swings and a prevailing east west wind. The diurnal temperature

swings made it clear that a concrete thermal mass system should be utilized on the east and west walls to regulate the temperature

of the inside space both at day and night. While the winds to the east and west are abundant the temperature of these winds are very

high. An direct evaporative cooling tower was placed in the center of the design to cool the winds as they enter the building. The direct

system also allowed for the regulation of the moisture levels within the building.


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