Simple solutions to building cool houses | Letter

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The Guardian

Madeleine Worrall says the use of trees and natural materials could be used to good effect if the housing market had the will

Your article says that many older buildings will have to be retrofitted (‘A lot of challenges’: can housing industry build homes habitable in high temperatures?, 19 July). Yet my Victorian terrace house is good at remaining cool, largely because of its orientation at the back, facing north-west, and its use of organic materials. Ivy, too, will help regulate a house’s temperature, but is discouraged by surveyors who fear what lies beneath.

Friends’ loft extensions, which comply with inadequate building regulations, are sweltering. Without improved regulations, we are left in the hands of the major housebuilders that dominate the market, creating tomorrow’s abandoned slums as cheaply as possible, often in areas that will flood in the next 20 years.

Continue reading… July 19, 2022 at 10:10PM Letters

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