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ON NOT COOKING CLIENTS

On a recent trip to Havana, Cuba, I observed colonial architecture with characteristic thick adobe walls and naturally ventilated courtyards that were cool and comfortable, in marked contrast to the hot and humid conditions outside the building.

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LITERALLY GREEN FACADES

"Facade greening" is essentially the use of a living and therefore self-regenerating cladding system for buildings in which climbing plants, or in some cases trained shrubs, cover the surface of a building.

Climbers can dramatically reduce the maximum temperatures of a building by shading walls from the sun. They can reduce the daily temperature fluctuation by as much as 50 percent, a fact of great importance in warm-summer climate zones.

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