Sunday, March 26, 2006

Hans Haenlein Architects - Tithandizane, Primary Health Care Centre, Mortuary

Willemien is currently in Zambia. One of the things the project there is doing is building a mortuary because there is a lot of difficulty storing bodies in the heat, and many people cannot afford to pay hospitals to store them after the death of a loved one. Obviously this causes great distress. This is one of the many ways Thitandizane is helping people in the villages it serves. Do help us support this and other projects - donations always welcome.
"Tithandizane, Primary Health Care Centre, Mortuary, Chipata, Zambia
The aim of Tithandizane is to try to alleviate the problems of HIV/AIDS in Kamulaza and the surrounding community of 72 villages in the rural eastern province of Zambia. Hans Haenlein Architects were asked to advise on the design of a mortuary in September 2005 by Rev. Linda Dhammika.
The most effective method to cool a building is to keep the heat from building up in the first place. The primary source of heat gain is sunlight absorbed by a building through the roof, walls and windows. Light coloured exterior surfaces (roof and walls) effectivly reflect most of the heat. Roughly 40% of the unwanted heat that builds up in buildings comes in through windows therefore the area of any openings is to be reduced to a minimum. Natural ventilation can reduce indoor temperatures and help remove heat.

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