The History of Bioclimatic Architecture
Bioclimatic design and bioclimatic architecture aren’t something new. Energy efficiency has always been a top issue, with the most characteristic reference being the one of Socrates’ Solar House. Socrates in 470 BC with his instructions for the ideal solar house, mentioned in the memory of Xenophon, but also Hippocrates with his work “On air, water and places”, laid the foundations of modern bioclimatic architecture. Their main goal was for homes to ensure a harmonious human relationship with the environment.
What is bioclimatic architecture?
Bioclimatic design or bioclimatic architecture means the design of buildings and spaces (indoor and outdoor) which seeks to ensure conditions of thermal and visual comfort with the widest possible use of passive cooling & heating systems. For this purpose we utilize solar energy and other renewable sources, the local climate, commonly referred to as the microclimate, as well as the properties of building materials and architectural elements.
Bioclimatic Architecture design is mainly the result of a complete and complex composition that is associated with a wide range of parameters such as orientation, the appropriate choice of openings, the study of the outside and the correct choice of materials.
The importance of materials
A key element in building a prefabricated house is the building materials that will be used in the design, which are important to be environmentally friendly, recyclable and not cause problems to human health. The frame of the building is important to be strong, to have a large thermal mass and good thermal insulation. A characteristic feature of bioclimatic houses is the use of reinforced thermal mass and good insulation with the use of the most ecological thermal insulation materials possible. The result is the maintenance of a constant internal temperature and internal humidity at fairly low levels.
What are the advantages of a bioclimatic prefabricated house?
1. It saves a lot of money
The operating cost of a bioclimatic house is reduced by up to 40% compared to a non-bioclimatically designed house.
2. It has proper insulation
A characteristic feature of bioclimatic houses is the use of reinforced thermal mass and good insulation with the use of the most ecological thermal insulation materials possible.
3. Offers good indoor air quality
It also minimizes the inflow of pollutants into the space.
4. Protects the environment
A bioclimatic prefabricated house helps protect the environment from building pollutants.
5. Offers thermal comfort
It is warm in winter and cool in summer. The way to achieve this is to make large windows and openings in the south or east as well as smaller openings in the north and west, so that the house does not lose energy and is heated or cooled depending on the season using natural energy sources.
6. Stores heat
By using materials with high heat capacity such as stone or concrete, which with proper study can store heat and provide it when the supply of external heat, ie the sun, ceases.
7. Offers a better quality of life
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The EcoHome category is based on the principles of bioclimatic architecture. Our goal is to invest in a better future by utilizing natural energy in order to reduce as much as possible the pollution of the environment but also to improve your daily life and make you feel comfortable with our design.