Traditional construction for a sustainable future by Carole Ryan

By Carole Ryan

1. The normal lifestyle, the delivery of the normal condo and its death 2. conventional development fabrics, their Sustainability, and the distinction with glossy fabrics three. conventional Sustainable development development- historical and sleek four. Thermal functionality and the respiring Wall five. weather, web site and Thermal functionality 6. The position of the construction rules in conventional development building 7. The Pathology of conventional structures

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All is indicative of total sustainability associated with a traditional way of life in traditional buildings, with animals and produce grown near to the house, processed in service buildings, cooked in 26 THE TRADITIONAL HOUSE, ITS INCEPTION AND DEMISE purpose-built kitchens, with little or no waste. The message is clear. Even in houses built to impress, there was much attention to a sustainable way of life behind the scenes. The obsessive attention paid to the importance of major rooms in the great and large houses of the aristocracy and local gentry in houses open to the public rather clouds understanding of the trappings of everyday life in their households as described above.

Classical orders and rustication became the most desirable features of buildings. Classical columns were surmounted by simple corbelled-out capitals (Doric), or a feature that resembled a pair of ram’s horns or volutes (Ionic), or the much more elaborate Corinthian capital, with a cascade of acanthus leaves sprouting from the base of the capital. All was surmounted with an entablature decorated with metopes and tryglyphs, the latter resembling tassels, beneath a corbelled-out head, itself decorated with dentils.

The range included a granary, stables with ‘bothy’ over (accommodation for stable boy) and coach houses, plus a range of former open-fronted shelter sheds fronting onto a yard facing the winter sun. The walled garden enabled a continuous supply of fresh vegetables and fruit for the ‘house’ all year long, by means of a coal-fired hypocaust system set within the brick walls. The gardener’s hut was an open-fronted stone enclosure where generations of workers had taken their lunch, hidden from view behind the artichokes.

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