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Cooler, greener, cheaper: Egyptian architects seek antidotes to rising heat
(Reuters, 4 Mar 2020) Hotter temperatures are making life harder in Egypt - but low-energy cooling designs could help.
CAIRO, March 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The desert buildings Atef Azzazy and his team of farm workers once lived and toiled in were hot in the summer, cold in the winter and leaky enough they sometimes let in snakes, he remembers.
Three years ago, however, the team working in Bahariya Oasis, in Egypt's Western Desert, got an upgrade: Well-insulated homes and work buildings designed to shed Egypt's increasingly searing summer heat and hold down climate-changing emissions.
ECOnsult, an Egyptian architecture firm that specialises in green, energy-efficient and affordable buildings, designed the structures for 120 workers in the Saharan oasis village, from farmers and engineers to administrative staff.
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