the streets or solar panels on rooftops. Architecture that has a connection to Nature. As that symbol, it must adapt to the established standards of status like convenience and leisure, and sometimes ignoring basic functionalities like the environment (i.e. What is overlooked in the quest for status however, are modern day benefits and efficiencies that could actually elevate status and be sustainable. As of now, the economical system needs people to consume as much as possible so as to keep the wheel going, but can we still attain societal success through techniques for refinement as opposed to expansion?
Traditional techniques work, and are time tested in many places as they are in Spain. Like fashion it now often represents a status symbol. Bioclimatic design imposes a set of guidelines, but there still remains a lot of freedom to design according to individual taste. It was not long ago when air conditioning was rare and expensive, and still is for many places today. Then why is bioclimatic architecture not well known?
It gets the point across about people accustomed to a society of convenience, that saving energy is associated with poverty or somehow needing to conserve. Siting of the building, consideration of solar access, collection of rainwater, using thermal mass to your advantage, correct fenestration and solar shading are all good examples of techniques that can be taken into account when designing. And yet energy prices continue to rise and minimum wage continues to flatline. The coolness inside a thick-walled traditional village house at noon in August, and the comfort of a traditional patio in Andalucia on a hot day are direct ways to experience these techniques at work. Cost savings begin with designing to maximize the assets of the site. Sources of energy that cannot be exhausted. And in a lot of countries institutions (usgbc. What is bioclimatic architecture. . As it doesnt use mechanical systems (thus the term passive it is closely related to bioclimatic architecture, though the later also deals with other non-solar climatic elements. Slowly, new programs, smart companies, eco citizens are becoming aware of the energy waste problem, and things are babystepping forwardpromoting research on the topic and generating new legislation and standards.