Good design can improve a community building in many ways and make it a more pleasant place to study, work or visit.
When designing a building we aim to create light, cool spaces that are suited to the needs of the community that will use the building. For example, our health clinic in Nchute, on the suggestion of local women, broke with traditional clinic design by separating the maternity unit from the main clinic to give pregnant women more privacy.
Bio climatic design aims to use natural sources such to provide heating, cooling and lighting for buildings.
Solar panels can provide heating for buildings in the winter, and daytime lighting all year round.
Providing shading and using reflective colours and surfaces can dramatically cool down a building, making them more pleasant to be in.
Good ventilation can also reduce heat inside buildings.
Natural ventilation or passive cooling systems can remove heat that accumulates during the day.
This can be achieved by increasing air movement inside spaces and cool storage in walls.
Building projects can cause a local environmental damage. Build It International strives to ensure that this is minimised. We leave as much natural shade as possible and our building methods have very little impact on the environment.
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