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Exterior concrete walls, popular in China, can be retrofit with new insulation, vapor barriers, and hard surface finishing.
A properly designed wall section is able to resist the transfer of heat while properly dealing with condensation on the exterior.
Condensation is a major problem in buildings without insulation.
Mold is found wherever water accumulates and there is an organic food source. It is seen in buildings where condensation occurs on the interior surface or even inside a wall cavity.
Where is all of the worlds energy used? Buildings. The structures we inhabit account for approximately 40% of the world's energy use. The largest majority of this is spent heating, cooling, and lighting the buildings we occupy. The decisions we make when designing our buildings has a significant effect on the environment.
Too often, designers focus their time on extravagant concepts while neglecting the all too important details that make for quality construction. The details really can make or break a design.
Hurricane proof buildings need to be impact resistant and structurally sound while providing protection from storm surge, flooding, and water infiltration. The entirety of the building should be built to resist hurricane force winds. From the roof all the way to the foundation, the structure should be anchored. Foundations as well should be firmly anchored and designed to resist soil movement. Storm surge flooding and winds can easily shift sandy soils. Foundation piling design is a focus.
Structures can be designed to operate independent of the grid. Net-zero use via solar and water capture technologies.