The AirGarden Home incorporates many concepts into a single unified design to deliver enduring comfort to residents of the lower deserts.
Among these important ideas are:
Quality of Life issues: The experience of living in the home
Economic Issues: The experience of buying, financing and maintaining the home.
Macroeconomic Issues: How society experiences the use of the home.
Environmental Issues: The environment's experience from the construction and use of the home.
Technological Issues: Tradeoffs between active and passive technology, their long-term values, buildability and maintainability
Solar Orientation: The structure on the site, its shape and orientation to the seasons.
Passive Solar Techniques: Use of materials, ventilation and location within the structure.
Active Solar Technologies: Rationales for sensors, actuators, pumps and controls.
Landscape Integration: Plant choices, their placement and gray water use.
Resource Use: Availability of water, energy and supplies to the residence.
Economic Reuse: Housing demand in the area relative to cost and location.
Construction Resources: Materials, availability and transportation costs.
Accessibility for Residents: Universal access issues for interior and exterior systems.
Location Access: Proximity to roads, site egress and parking.
Regulatory Considerations: Local, State and Federal laws affecting the home or site.
These concepts are integrated into the AirGarden Home Design Process. A written presentation on these ideas will be posted here when available.