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Revolutionary Home Design Eliminates the Need for Air Conditioning

The innovative Rambaugh house in India’s central region, one of the hottest places on Earth, was designed to cool itself without the use of air conditioning.

The design incorporates decorative screens that filter sunlight and encourage air flow on the outside. A carefully planned stack ventilation system keeps the home within a comfortable 6-8 degree range year-round.

Traditional insulation methods such as double-envelope design work to maintain the desired temperature inside, without the use of an electrical cooling system.

Central India and South Florida lie at almost identical latitudes within 5 degrees of the equator, experiencing similar rainy and hot seasons. If effective architectural design can be utilized to create a space that is insulated against heat year-round in India, the same goal can certainly be achieved here as well. We don’t necessarily have to sacrifice comfort to lower our energy expenditure.