Qingqing He

Year 1 MArch

Cooling Community

Reducing household electricity and energy Inequality through natural ventilation systems.

Skirpenbeck, Yorkshire, UK

The design project focuses on reducing household electricity consumption and addressing energy inequality through the implementation of natural ventilation systems. It recognizes the increasing summer heat and the imbalances in energy production and distribution across the UK, particularly in older houses with cavity brick walls that absorb heat easily.

The architectural prototype takes inspiration from the English tradition of the oast house, creating new spaces by combining various units. By incorporating passive ventilation techniques and utilizing the chimney effect, the design aims to cool the building naturally and reduce the need for electrical cooling systems.

Furthermore, the project places emphasis on sustainable material usage. The collection and utilization of waste soil, a byproduct of reclamation processes, form the basis of new architectural units. Clay, known for its excellent heat absorption and insulation properties, is chosen as the primary material. This approach not only promotes resource repurposing but also aligns with the project's goal of advancing towards a net-zero energy future while respecting the traditional architecture of the site.

Through the integration of these elements, the project seeks to contribute to a more sustainable and equitable future. By reducing household energy consumption, utilizing natural ventilation, and incorporating sustainable materials, it aims to address energy inequalities and promote a more balanced and efficient energy usage pattern. The project's approach combines practical solutions with cultural heritage, ensuring a sustainable and comfortable living environment for residents while minimizing the impact on the planet.

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