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Prevent concrete roof from absorbing too much heat during summer

I live in Chennai, a place which has only three seasons, hot-hotter & hottest. I had tried this coolroof solution, where a white so called chemical solution is painted on the concrete roof. We did ...
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What techniques or solutions are available for reducing heat absorption by walls?

A solution is to grow vegetation along your wall. Here in Europe we see some mansions with huge vines or ivy. It can be beautiful. Not sure what kind of vines you can grow in your place, but it's ...
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Is there a business model to do carpentry without a vehicle?

No affiliation, but I have proof-ridden an Urban Arrow Tender at a large bicycle trade fair in Germany, and it would seem to fit a lot of stuff: Urban Arrow Tender. Source: Greenbike Shop ...
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How can an architect design a building to reduce landfill usage by occupants?

This question needs to consider waste management for two phases: construction/renovation and occupation. During the construction phase the design should consider the materials used and how they are ...
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What is an energy efficient way to get fresh air indoors during winter?

Simple Answer There is a simple answer that does not require significant modification to an existing residential or commercial building. This is the standard high efficiency HVAC answer to the ...
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What are some ways to affordably furnish a temporary apartment?

I have been building bed frames, tables, chairs, wine racks, and many other different things out of old pallets. I look for companies that are giving them away and collect as many as I can store. I ...
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Is residential water pumping common?

Available data indicates that; 1) electricity usage for water pumping at homes is minimal; and 2) most municipal water systems provide more pressure than required for residential uses Is it common for ...
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Prevent concrete roof from absorbing too much heat during summer

It is fairly common to add a layer of gravel on top of a slab roof in many commercial buildings around the world (I guess 20-30cm). A friend (engineer) explained to me that the slab would then absorb ...
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How can an architect design a building to reduce landfill usage by occupants?

These are just simple means: Place water dispensers that replace the usage of canned and bottled beverages place recycling bins near the front entrance, nudging occupants into using them provide ...
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Prevent concrete roof from absorbing too much heat during summer

A very nice and eco-friendly way to keep our cement roof cool, is by planting grass or any green small plants on it. Just make a square block with bricks and cover it with a plastic sheet to avoid ...
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Prevent concrete roof from absorbing too much heat during summer

Simple , cheap , safe and effective solution , please try and share with others :Paint the roof top ( exterior surface facing sunlight) You can simply use any lime powder available in 10 kg bags at Rs....
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Meta-campaigns for sustainable building management?

There are several active organizations which provide guidelines, ratings, and certification of sustainable buildings, focusing variously on energy, water, waste, and embodied carbon. Several standards ...
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Is residential water pumping common?

Depending on where the houses are located; in the Mid-West USA, flat ground and raised water towers means most of the water is gravity fed (with only the initial pumping to get the water into the tank)...
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How much coil do I need to heat a given length of pipe (as a function of x,y,z)?

I've used them. I've never been happy with them. If you do use them you need to follow these rules: If you wrap them you must have the wraps evenly spaced. You can't have 3 turns per foot at one ...
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How can an architect design a building to reduce landfill usage by occupants?

Place built-in bins for different waste streams A lot of office kitchens/lunch rooms I've seen have only had one available bin (i.e only landfill). The designs of these kitchens did not account for ...
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Want to build a portable solar refrigerator

I believe they are called zeerpots. terracotta "or other porous ceramic" pot with another identical but smaller pot inside, fill gap between pots with sand pour just enough water into sand to dampen ...
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What techniques or solutions are available for reducing heat absorption by walls?

Use some thermodynamics Using the basic thermodynamics principle of black-bodies, your goal should be to change the emissivity of the surfaces of your house. Each surface has a measure of its ability ...
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Prevent concrete roof from absorbing too much heat during summer

We have the same problem for our house in India. For the roof, we are considering a combination of greenhouse rooftop, solar panels and heat reflective coating. There's a green-colored tarp type ...
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Prevent concrete roof from absorbing too much heat during summer

I am thinking the option of laying plastic tubes at regular intervals along the length of building roof (after the concrete slab is casted) and a common header pipe at the ends of all tubes. The tubes ...
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