IMAGINED BY: NEND Workshop “Re-Imagine the House”

DATE: 21-02-2012

KEYWORDS: seasons, heating, insulation

The thermal behavior of a building depends on temperature differences between the inside and the outside; thus, insulation requirements vary according to season.

Based on the possibility of seasonal adjustability, this idea proposes a way both to adjust the thermal resistance of the envelope and to provide fuel to produce the energy needed. At the beginning of the heating season extra insulation is added to the building envelope. It reduces heat loss but also functions as energy storage. The insulation should be of some sort of organic material, such as meadow grass, hemp or cellulose. This sort of insulating material can also be used as fuel for biomass heating systems. If used for heating, it is gradually eliminated, until lower temperature differences in summer require lower thermal resistance of the building envelope.

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