|Enclosed "outdoorsy" spaces||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mmariner (Mmarineraol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 02:20:01 -0600|
Here's a *non-political* topic for ya! Are there any North American cohousing sites, built or planned, that include covered streets like the one(s) in Denmark in the Cohousing book? If so, let me know, I'd love to see pictures or come visit. For those of us in cold or rainy climates, doesn't having some all-weather, outdoors-feeling space appeal? A place for kids to play all year and adults to have various activities.... I just come in from the cold Colorado evening, and was thinking how great it would be to have some space where you could sit comfortably in a greenhouse like setting -- at least early in the evening if not all night -- on cold (20 degree F) nights. You energy-saving construction buffs out there: what if, say, two 4-unit buildings faced each other and had, say, 50 feet between them, what would be the energy savings by putting up some clear, greenhouse-like roof and enclosing the sides? How about costs -- compared to a free-standing greenhouse of similar size? What about just roofing over between buildings with "normal" roofing construction, but with *lots* of skylights? Doable? Practical? Energy efficient? I was thinking of hail and snow loads. Skylights you could open up to ventilate on hot days.... What if you used some cheap, "alternative," (e.g., not code approved like straw bale) energy efficient building material for walls to enclose space between buildings? What about glass bricks with the air space inside? I hear they're energy efficient... How about designing enclosed, covered interior courtyards, hacienda style? How about just glass enclosed walkways in certain areas? Mike M
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