Ordinated Air Conditioner: A New Campaign Launched by Dr. Leah Zaller
Ordinated Air Conditioner
A New Campaign Launched by Dr. Leah Zaller
She calls air conditioning a "crisis," with its potential to "create a life-or-death crisis in our lives."
This summer, a group of young architecture and design firms has launched an initiative called the International Air Conditioner (IOC). Zaller, a professor from Florida who studies urban planning and design, runs the IOC program and worked on her research with the late-1990s to design a new way to heat air conditioner vents and radiators, which had been a problem for a decade.
“For over a decade and a half, people are now paying the price on indoor air-conditioning. The first thing that’s important about this program is how it creates a life-or-death crisis through its choice to build a barrier, because the main reason is air conditioning,” Zaller tells Myecoblog. “The idea of building a barrier for cooling is so simple to design: don’t pour a lot of heat in with a greenhouse and put it on a sunny day and it’ll warm your house, you know, that’s right.”
He is part of an effort to promote air conditioning with his firm, the Baio-based Design Office of Charlotte, Georgia, where the development is being organized by the Georgia Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Association.
Building a Better World
When Zaller first visited Atlanta six years ago, she worked in designing the Atlanta Freeway and Freeway to protect the urban fabric and reduce energy use by eliminating the controversial interstate system and moving toward healthier indoor environments.
At the time, many of her ideas are still active today. She designed the LaGuardia Air conditioning (AF) with the Atlanta Institute of Food Technology (FAO), a team of architects, engineers, engineers, and others who are trying to develop an alternative, energy-efficient home environment in a commercial, commercial, and residential community.
When she launched the IOC program, she says it is an opportunity to “bring about a world where homes built for the comforts of air should be livable and comfortable places to be able to be active and, to feel as comfortable as they are, and not in their têteous, all-inclusive state of nature.”
Unique Unique Development
When Zaller first moved in Atlanta, she worked in designing apartments and commercial properties in Atlanta and would work with community organizations, churches, food businesses and others. This summer, she worked on design of new residential buildings in the BeltLine Corridor and Greenville Atlanta district. The team then worked with the Georgia Energy Efficiency Project to create a district of buildings where developers of all types of homes could make more money building units that would look, function, and function well with the community they live in.
Now the firm, Georgia Energy Efficiency, wants to use its IOC power to influence changes in the housing built around Atlanta, which could affect how the region develops. They hope to grow the nation’s tallest buildings by planting new trees in the center of its residential corridors and expanding its green spaces.
“I'm trying to get them to look at how they grow, how they look, and what they look like,” Zaller says. “We need to bring about a new paradigm shift in how we look at development in the future and to get these buildings built.”
Having worked for over two decades in development, Zaller says it’s time to start the conversation about how to build homes that will help meet the challenges of climate change and energy consumption.
“The IOC is a tool we are trying to bring about a new paradigm shift in how we think about development. As the planet is warming, our children will face a unique challenge. These problems are not inevitable and we need to do everything we can to reduce them and solve them in their most efficient and cost effective ways.”
A Growing Problem
While air conditioning has become a crisis across the United States and Canada, it hasn’t been enough. It’s estimated that the U.S. uses more than five times as much space than the International Energy Agency. More than 85% of air conditioning is required for heating, and the rest is used for cooling buildings that use solar energy. Yet the IOC program creates a new, unusual challenge: A new awareness campaign aimed at building community-supported projects that will create a healthier, more sustainable world in the city.
“These new efforts are important for the future of our communities and, for instance, the health of the environment and its people,” Zaller says.