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‘A lot of challenges’: can housing industry build homes habitable in high temperatures?

"The most advanced example of this principle is the “passive house”, an airtight, highly insulated building that relies almost entirely on passive measures such as sunshine, shading and ventilation to ensure a constant temperature. They frequently feature a ventilation unit in the attic with two air collectors: one for cool outside air and another for warm indoor air, which are circulated around the home to keep the temperature even."

The UK is marking record temperatures this week, temperatures that are typical of hot summer days in areas across Australia. The Guardian’s new article by Julia Kollewe and Tom Calverley explores best design and construction practices to beat the heat.

A passive house is the best solution where you have a natural flow of air through it,” says Bob Ward, deputy chair of the London Climate Change Partnership. “It should become the guide for how you build for zero carbon and overheating.”

The answer is Passive House. Read the article here.

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