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Solar passive architecture

Providing comfortable buildings, while reducing the use of conventional fuels and electricity, can be obtained through solar passive architecture. The benefit of solar energy is utilized through designing energy efficient buildings.

Climatically responsive, energy efficient architecture

Auroville is situated in the hot humid zone, a zone where solar passive measures are the least effective. Natural lighting and proper ventilation, shading of the walls and good insulation of the roof are important features for creating comfort zones within buildings.

Low energy content building materials

Appropriate building technologies are an overall part of passive solar architecture. Auroville Building Centre has gained expertise in two low energy content technologies: compressed earth blocks and ferrocement. Both technologies use in their category substantially less energy than the more traditional applications of fired bricks and RCC structures.

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