Architecture collective Frankie Pappas has hidden the 3.3-metres-wide House of the Big Arch within the Bushveld nature reserve in the north of South Africa.As the house was located an hour-and-a-...view more
A cavity wall is two masonry walls separated by an air space or cavity. This simple building design concept has huge benefits. For the life of the building, It gives built-in insulation from both temperature extremes and noise.
Few things irritate us more than exposure to excessive noise. For schools, it's more than just an annoyance. In France, a study found that with every 10-decibel increase in classroom noise, students' language and math scores decreased by 5.5 points.
This Management Summary and consolidation report of the LCA study by the University of Pretoria compares the electricity use of 6 different