Courtesy CNN

In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and other Asian cities with hot climates, air conditioning is becoming more of a necessity, but local firm, T3 Architecture Asia, has developed an alternate solution to keeping buildings cool without the use of high-energy units. Charles Gallavardin, director at the firm, has been experimenting with bioclimatic architecture since 2005. He suggests buildings should avoid glass facades facing the east or west and feature “covered open-air corridors, ventilated roofs, fiber-glass insulation and use of natural materials.” These design adjustments can help keep the inside environments 41 degrees cooler than the outside. Read the full article at CNN.

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