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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Natural and Man-Made Energy Effficient Architecture Examples at Zion National Park

As I was discussing earthships with my dad last night, he suggested that I look into Zion National Park. Mike Reynolds' earthship designs use many of the same techniques as the Zion National Park visitor center to maintain a comfortable temperature while eliminating or reducing the need for conventional heating and air conditioning systems.

Source: Zion National Park

Since the time of the Ancestral Puebloans, visitors to the Zion National Park area have been awed by natural sandstone canyons, mesas, and rock sculptures. Carved by the Virgin River, the narrow canyon provided shade, cool breezes, and natural cooling in the summer and warm rock surfaces in the winter. In 1919, the park was established to preserve the natural beauty of the area for generations to come. In creating the Zion National Park Visitor Center, the National Park Service, working with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has stayed true to the tenets of protecting Zion's natural beauty by creating a sustainable building that incorporates the area's natural features and energy-efficient building concepts into an attractive design, saving energy and operating expenses while protecting the environment. The visitor center, like Zion National Park, serves as an example of how the nation can protect its most precious resource: the earth.

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