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Ice slipped lower down it would retain its ball-like shape. Some ice-houses could store ice for two years without it melting (Beamon and Roaf, 1990). In warm or hot countries the building must become a good heat dissipater. Just as people who are hot sprawl out to lose heat, so buildings sprawl in warm and hot climates. In many hot climates buildings have a high surface area:volume ratio but the walls facing the sun are protected from direct radiation by verandas, balconies or wide eaves. The shallower floor plan of heatdissipating buildings also promotes easy cross-ventilation of rooms for cooling, The form of the house: the building as an analogy 29 which in compact plan forms is more difficult.

Buildings are intimately linked to the local, regional and global environments that are all part of our ‘Ecological Niche’. It is the responsibility of our generation to begin to adapt our buildings to ensure that we can stabilise climate change, that we can live without fossil fuels and that we do not unsustainably pollute the environment. Only by so doing can we ensure the survival of our own habitats. This cannot be so difficult because people survived on the planet for millennia without the miracle fuels of oil and gas.

The heat comes from perhaps a fire or the sun, and is absorbed in the thermal mass of the building, as it is in a radiator brick. Then, gradually, that heat is emitted back into the room over time. 1, it will not store the heat. If the Kacheloven was made of steel or iron it would cool down rapidly when the fire had gone out, unlike the high-density concrete stove that actually stores the heat and will stay warm for up to 14 hours after the fire has gone out. 9. This Kacheloven is the high mass wood-burning stove at the Oxford Ecohouse.

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