Gallery: Casa Gavion Uses a Breathing Gabion Wall To Keep Cool in Baja,...

 
Gabions, which are normally seen along highways as retaining walls, are reinvented here as a shade screen and shield the home from the intense sun, but allow air to move through the space.

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  1. r_krebs March 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Bridgette Meinhold, what an interesting and beautiful home! We want to know what “thick” insulation was used on the roof, probably a rigid plastic foam? I notice that they have inclulded insulation as one of the main features used to help keep the home cool. Wish you explained how the gambion wall was treated to prevent even occasional rain from seeping into the building. Is there difficulty with moisture remaining inside the wall over time? Only real Life Cycle Assessment (see http://www.greenbuildingsolutions.org/Main-Menu/Life-Cycle-Assessment/default.aspx ) will tell if the building performs more energy efficiently than similar structures.

    Rob Krebs
    American Chemistry Council

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