Today as I write this, it's barely after noon and already close to 100 degrees, which we should surpass later this afternoon.
Most reading this are in air-conditioned buildings, while a few are toughing it out elsewhere. I work from home, and aside from a small window AC in the bedroom, I'm facing the heat without artificial air. I say this not proudly, but with lament. Still, I have a nice alternative I can take advantage of: the basement.
A basement is something hardly any new homes seem to have. I guess they're more expensive to build because there's the extra digging. But it's quite comfortable down here, even on the worst of heat days. Particularly if a home doesn't have AC or a heat pump, thus depending natural ventilation, I'd think surviving the summer would be worth the extra digging or expense, don't you?
Incidentally, I'm curious if there are architects or others enduring the heat today in green buildings with natural ventilation and no AC. How is your space holding up? When I've heard sustainable design enthusiasts talk about using things like thermal mass from concrete, thermal white membranes on the roof, exterior shading and all that stuff, it sounds great - until you get to a 100-degree day. Can any building without AC, no matter how green its design and materials, survive comfortably when we hit the century mark?