Attic … Friend or Foe?
My friend, Jim Sargent calls the Attic “the Oven”
Living in Texas “Do you really want an OVEN attached to your House?”
Also…If you look at most Building America and Passivhaus projects…the Theme seems to be
Push the Living Enclosure to the Roofline …. Eliminate the Evil Attic.
Why not treat the attic as a Friend? a separate Enclosure?
Why not provide “adjustable” ventilation for the Attic Enclosure?
mechanical or manually adjustable…(by time of day or by season)
Capable of gentle or Rapid Purge.
Maybe roofs CAN be dark colors?
Absorbing and or Emitting (to Night Sky)
Storing heat and or “coolth”
Attics could even have seasonally or daily shaded Sky Windows.
Night Sky Windows during the cooling season??
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