Housing in a Severe Climate

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/20375118
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TypeTechnical Report
Physical description26 p.
Subjectbuilding codes; housing; architectural design; arctic regions; wind action; insolation (sunshine)
AbstractThis series of five papers translated from Russian discusses the problems that face the designer of housing in northern areas of the USSR, which are not dissimilar from those occurring in Canada. Existing designs are appraised and their limitations discussed in terms of room layout, window arrangement and their general adaptability to local climatic conditions. The effect of wind in the winter on the thermal performance of housing and on snow accumulation around buildings has received particular emphasis, and methods of modifying these effects by proper design and ventilation are analyzed. Papers included are: "Plans of housing units for the Far East", "The special characteristics of planning and construction in the Far North", "Methods of construction for protection against the wind", "On a housing standard for the Arctic" and "The need for satisfactory sets of standard housing and design for regions with a severe climate".
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number500
NPARC number20375118
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Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-10-03
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