Climatic Strategies

General climatic strategies for building in the Beijing area took into account several local environmental factors. Winter heat loss, mainly caused by infiltration, is a persistent problem in other, comparable residential developments in the area. Reduction of heat loss due to infiltration can be primarily addressed on the level of craft skills and construction techniques employed by the local builders. The MIT design team also responded to this problem by reducing the winter wind speed within the site through architectural planning. Any reduction in the winter heating load has substantial benefits to the end users, as winter heating bills for existing homeowners are very high, sometimes as much as 25 percent of one's salary.

In addition, high temperatures and high humidity in the summer create substantial demands on either passive or mechanical cooling systems. The demands of summer cooling should be addressed by providing appropriate shading and by taking advantage of prevailing wind conditions for evaporative cooling.

Additional climate concerns include water conservation and air quality. Water conservation was addressed by specifying landscaping practices that would encourage a slower release of storm water runoff and allow for a high level of aquifer recharge. Large grass-covered areas also added to the overall site surface permeability and helped to combat carbon dioxide emissions.

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

Homeowners Guide To Landscaping

How would you like to save a ton of money and increase the value of your home by as much as thirty percent! If your homes landscape is designed properly it will be a source of enjoyment for your entire family, it will enhance your community and add to the resale value of your property. Landscape design involves much more than placing trees, shrubs and other plants on the property. It is an art which deals with conscious arrangement or organization of outdoor space for human satisfaction and enjoyment.

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