Architectural Designs Best for Cold Weather – On the PULSE
Many architectural methods produce various benefits. When the weather turns cold, buildings must have appropriate architecture to protect people from the effects of the cold.
Some architectural designs aim to keep out the cold and retain the heat. Understanding these design choices will help you find better homes and help you create better architecture.
More east and west facing windows
Although more windows may mean the cold is more likely to penetrate, especially on windy days, the sunlight will warm the interior. Having windows facing the general directions of the sun, east and west, is a practical architectural design in cold weather. One of the main features of carriage sheds is that their large windows let in more light, making them ideal for retaining heat. The cold is persistent, but the sun’s rays are powerful. When light enters a space, it will make a drastic difference in the air temperature of the building.
A steeper roof
In snowy regions, homes must naturally prevent snow from accumulating on the roof. A steeper roof will create enough gravitational pull to force the snow to slide during periods of heavy rainfall. Keeping snow out of the house will prevent the outside of the house from getting cold and causing the cold to seep into the walls. Steeper roofs will also create more space for a home and relieve the responsibility of clearing the roof of debris or hard water.
Use brick, stone or concrete for the walls
Using a denser material to construct the walls of a building is an excellent architectural design choice in cold weather. Materials such as brick, stone or concrete were commonly used for older buildings to retain heat and prevent drafts.
We always use these materials when constructing new buildings because of their durability, resilience and temperature resistance. The density of these materials will seal the building, making windows or doors the only entry points for cold winds.
The interior of buildings may need more layers of material to trap heat, which is why insulation is so common in real estate and architecture. Insulation normally has various fabric-like materials thick enough to keep any heat built up in a room.
Fiberglass or mineral wool are commonly used for their thick material and ability to cover a large area. Insulation is essential for any winter. When building or renovating, insulation is a big plus.
Winter is a tough time for many, and we rely on the structural integrity of buildings to get us through it. The architectural design of buildings should have these strategic features to help people stay warm during winter.