adobe machine room?
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Fri Oct 19 15:50:15 CDT 2007
In article <4718AFE6.29791.1E075F49 at cclist.sydex.com>,
"Chuck Guzis" <cclist at sydex.com> writes:
> On 19 Oct 2007 at 14:09, Richard wrote:
> > Any thoughts on this? Note that I'm not suggesting going without any
> > active cooling, just wondering if adobe construction would lower the
> > bills and make the necessary cooling equipment smaller.
> There are lots of very good alternative construction techniques.
> Walls made of straw bales covered with chicken wire and stucco were
> very popular a few years ago. Rammed earth is another possibility.
> Why not go subterranean? Relatively constant temperature year round.
I had considered rammed earth using the technique called "passive
annual heat storage". Basically you have a huge dry earth mass into
which you pump heat all summer long and draw heat out of it all
winter long. For a machine room, you'd probably want to do the
reverse: draw heat away from the machine room into the earth mass all
summer long and draw (some) heat out during the winter. To create
a dry earth mass large enough to provide sufficient cooling for a
machine room I'd need to do some calculations, but off the top of my
head I was figuring that the earth mass would need to be pretty
large. I was figuring I'd need to buy an empty lot instead of use
the back of my garage :-).
> Some local codes allow varied construction; others are downright
> hostile. Earthquake codes may get in the way of adobe in some areas.
> Plumbing and wiring with adobe can be a real pain, unless you don't
> mind running everything on the interior surface.
Good point, I hadn't considered earthquake codes w.r.t. adobe. As
for the wiring, I'd either live with the industrial look of interior
conduit or just put up drywall on the interior to hide it.
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