- productivity /proh-duhk-TIV-i-tee/
- housing /HOU-zing/
- principle /PRIN-suh-puhl/
- withstand /with-STAND/
- claim /kleym/
[noun] – the rate at which a person, company, or country does useful work
A ten-minute power nap can boost your productivity.
[noun] – buildings for people to live in
We must provide decent housing for the poor.
[noun] – a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works
This principle applies to all kinds of selling.
[verb] – to be strong enough, or not be changed by something, or to oppose a person or thing successfully
I couldn’t withstand the murderous heat.
[verb] – to say that something is true or is a fact, although you cannot prove it and other people might not believe it
I don’t claim to be an expert.
According to some forecasts, air conditioning alone might cause a 0.5°C rise in global temperature by 2100. The Passivhaus Trust promotes Passivhaus-certified buildings, which are comfortable to live in while consuming extremely little energy for heating and cooling. Goldsmith Street in Norwich, a communal housing complex integrating Passivhaus principles, won the Stirling Prize for Architecture in 2019. According to John Palmer of the Passivhaus Trust, “our existing housing stock is in many cases poorly suited to deal with rising temperatures.” Mr. Palmer claims that the government intends to build 300,000 new homes every year and that they must be designed to withstand the heat without the need for energy-intensive air conditioning. Mr. Palmer claims that while good insulation will not keep a property cool in the summer, it will keep it warm in the winter. Some high-tech glass has a low g-value, which means that less heat from the sun goes through it.
While this is convenient in the summer, it makes dwellings cooler in the winter. Outside shutters or overhangs that provide shade in the summer but don’t block light in the winter when the sun is low in the sky, according to Mr. Palmer, are a better option.
- Do you work from home nowadays? Please tell me more about it.
- Could you put up with hot weather without using an aircon? Why or why not?
- If you were to design your house, what would you do with it to withstand hot weather?
- Do you agree with the idea that air conditioning alone might cause a 0.5°C rise in global temperature by 2100?
- What do you think of the UK’s government plan to build 300,000 new homes that can withstand the heat without the need for energy-intensive air conditioning? Please explain your answer.
- air conditioning