Wilmer Smith wrote:Thermal mass will continue to radiate heat all night when the outside median temp is over 100F. ... Should you build in such heat, you should document the results and share, because there's not many talking about it. Most mud research and literature comes from people working in the New Mexico highlands and Colorado--- quite different from the extreme heat of the Sonoran Desert, the city, and like environments.
brett johns wrote:Having lived in the tropics for decades including offgrid, no electricity as this might be, I would never build with high mass materials. They retain air temp during day then emit all night, you dont need direct sun for high thermal mass to retain its 33C for many months. Best for living house I ever experienced was old railway line pole, slightly elevated home, no walls bar the bedroom but flyscreen around all sides with covered verandah all round house perimeter.
Jerry McIntire wrote:It sounds like lots of insulation, with mass on the inside of the insulation envelope, is best for the temperature swings of desert areas. Am I reading the situation well?
The constant heat of oversized cities in the hottest zones is another thing.
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