Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 9:42 AM
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Subject: From netizen kevikens Architectural convention
This past weekend I attended the National Architectural and Designers Convention in San Jose and presented a proposal to the assembled members about how we might need to adjust how we design buildings to adapt to the looming petroleum crisis. I demonstrated to the the delegates that looking at older buildings, those constructed in the late 19th to the mid 20th Centuries, we can see that they were designed and constructed to minimize any need for artificial cooling. Heating these buildings was no problem as they burned coal, readily and cheaply available but as there was no means of cooling these buildings they were constructed to minimize the effects of high temperatures and humidity, that is, they were constructed with high ceilings and an abundance of windows to effect a cooling breeze ( warm air rises to the top of the ceiling). When air conditioning became available there was a noticeable change. Ceilings were dropped to maximize floor space and windows sealed to keep the air conditioning in the rooms. While this made sense when petroleum was three dollars a barrel in the 1950's ( it was that cheap at that time) and the costs of air conditioning were likewise low, that day is now long gone. Air conditioning requires an enormous expenditure of energy and by going back to the architectural designs of circa 1900 we could lessen the use of air conditioning and, therefore, energy. You would have thought I had asked them to reinvent the wheel. I was hooted off the speakers rostrum as a fool and an idiot. I was never so embarrassed. it is obvious to me that there is a vested economic interest on the part of architects and engineers to maximize energy consumption. We must redesign our buildings and that is why I am urging all good citizens to go to the next meeting of the National Architectural and Designers commission which is scheduled for a one day mini convention on June 31 in Springfield, right next to the Nuclear Power Station. Come with me and show these people hown necessary it is to change the way we construct buildings.