Shared Perspectives on Building Science and Creating Efficient Shelter
Use of site (sun exposure, prevailing winds, neighbor proximity, planned views, unplanned views)
Passive air ventilation, thermal towers, venturi, water mitigated, ground tubes
Microclimate, may be very different from the general description of the regional climate
Use of materials (local, reused, recyclable, nontoxic, safe eg nonflammible nondegassing)
Efficiency and value: how much insulation is enough, but not too much
Indoor air quality, not just radon HRV/ERV
We want to collaborate and share real life building performance and efficiency results. We’ve intentionally blurred the lines between formal controlled experiments and large scale observational data. By providing, pooling, and sharing data we can decide how we as individuals move forward. Sharing experiences and outcomes are able to provide much broader observations and under much more varied local conditions (materials, resource levels, climate) than any one individual would be able to obtain directly by themselves even over a lifetime. This type of data collection is possible only with broadly available low cost communication and data collection tools, namely smartphones. Big data statisticians are also welcome to tackle, digest, and report discoveries on larger scales using the data we provide. Academicians, NGO’s, and entrepreneurs can use these data to describe trends that are of interest to them. The benefit to individuals providing data is the access to other’s experiences and the exposure to ideas over extraordinary temporal and spatial scales. A low (or no) cost hurdle is necessary for broad acceptance and AGATE may provide an information hub for this ongoing social experiment.