Temperature Controlling Methods in Architecture

SDI Architecture, an international architectural and interior design firm that develops distinct, custom designs, centered upon the user’s experience, is employing time-tested, passive techniques to battle the results of global warming felt all over the world. The changes in weather are affecting the design of buildings, and SDI is using the most eco-friendly and sustainable methods of temperature control in the design and construction of both residential and commercial buildings.

  1. Wraparound Porches

These cozy, cute additions to homes have existed for centuries, but did you know they have a purpose beyond being the perfect place to enjoy lemonade in a rocking chair? Back in the day, long before AC window units, never mind central air, many homes had wraparound porches which double as a means of lowering the temperature in the house by creating shade so that sunlight isn’t beaming directly into the home. Air is cooled in the shade of the porch and then drifts in through the windows, allowing for passive cooling of the space.

  1. Convective Air Movement

As we learned in grade school: cool air falls, warm air rises. By harnessing this basic law of physics, architects can design spaces that work with the natural flow of air. Convective air movement, or stack ventilation, draws hot air up and out of the building through carefully planned stairways and windows, while cool air is encouraged to enter from shaded areas or cooling ponds.

  1. Insulation

Maintain the desired temperature for longer periods of time with the right insulation.  Reflective foil insulation in the roof can work to reduce the build-up of daytime heat gains and simultaneously maximize the lower temperatures at night-time. This method of one-way insulation valve employs conduction and convection as multiple layers of reflective foil are less affected by condensation as opposed to bulk insulation by reflecting heat out and keeping it out.

  1. Glazing

Over a quarter of heat escapes through glass. Glazing windows can have a large impact on keeping buildings warm while reducing energy use as well as carbon emissions. This window coating technology can dramatically reduce heat transfer while reflecting interior heat back inside. Additionally, glazing increases passive solar gain, which maximizes the use of heat energy from solar radiation, allowing sunlight to heat buildings for free during the winter.


SDI Architecture is an international architectural and interior design firm that is disrupting the design industry through a collaborative design process that engages the client and consultants in developing distinct, custom designs, centered upon the user’s experience. SDI Architecture creates distinct designs that capture the client’s identity through the visual and physical experience of the built environment. We achieve this by working hand-in-hand with clients to understand their mission, culture, audiences and goals. We then use that knowledge to design a customized space that addresses their needs. For businesses, that includes maximizing productivity, efficiency, and employee satisfaction and health.

SDI Architecture is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts with design offices in India and the U.S. For more information on SDI Architecture please visit http://www.sdi.archi.

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