Micro Climate Racing - Having fun with practical skills to do with climate change!

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  1. Lumbuck Thornton

    Lumbuck Thornton Junior Member

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    An environmentally friendly hut on Wheel/s/rails! It only has to be able to be moved slowly to open up a whole new view of the world that better integrates shelter, garden, energy and resources in smart new ways. I think the ideal hut would be something I call a "Garden Appreciation Platform" or "Micro Climate Chaser".

    The most simple version would be like a passive solar wheel barrow with a sort of reclining chair or hammock inside it. It can be moved to chase and collect the sun or moved inside a specially grown shade tunnel. The perfect challenge for school kids to design and master because it would teach them about the greenhouse effect and ways of avoiding it by building shelters that use less resources and energy. They would be stored in a shed when not in use so they don’t have to be water proof or storm proof.

    They could be transported to other schools and town farmers markets to compete in passive solar competitions. The climate race objective is to manage your personal spacecraft climate to get through a course of predetermined craft core temperatures high and low by trapping, storing and dumping heat as quickly and smartly as possible, thermal mass management, use of water and breeze and some same size artificial shade and wind structures used for competition. (Used to represent plants that would normally be used.)

    On board temperature loggers would record and transmit climate race details. On a cold frosty day starting from dawn it might take hours and on a hot day the challenge would be smart use of shade and air flow that might give you the edge. Part of the competition formula might take into account use of recycled materials such as tiles and reflector panels made out of opened up aluminium cans, insulation made out of straw or shredded paper etc. New types of wooden frame structures are likely to be developed to support functionality. Safety in production and use would be of major importance. Emergency escape, use of polycarbonate instead of glass and no exposed sharp edges would be essential along with thought about sun protection. Elaborate craft would have fold out reflectors and solar panels that ran fans and pumped water. Big ones could end up as large as cars and involve teams of several kids. What starts out as a lunchtime competition between school kids could end up an international event!

    Personally I would prefer to live and work in one of these shelters instead of buildings full of environmental and health compromises. It would be more interesting, healthier and the ultimate blend of ecology and building structure. The main message is to get across that some climate change issues are relatively easy to understand and that we better start working on solutions. When this takes off it will make most buildings we live, study and work in now seem like caves!

    Open competitions might be used to refine designs and perfect performance but then later some standardised formula designs might be needed to compete on a "level playing field" once some elaborate designs are perfected.
     

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