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Advice, techniques, information and thoughts on the architectural practice in general, is the objective of this section where we invite you to intervene. We write the articles that we distribute for the pleasure of your reading every month. Different topics will be published and will be developed. They will concern the theory and practice and at the same time other artistic fields, either the representational arts, the design, etc.
This space is entirely bequeathed to you , because you can intervene.

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Here are some present titles or to come:


- The gains with prefabricated modular construction

- Principles of natural air-conditioning
Eco-energetic building
How to control your budget
The function, the shape

One of our goals is to explain to you the principles and techniques of construction that will allow you to solve current problems regarding the architecture and this to a low cost.


The gains with prefabricated modular construction


Michel Tellier presents Condos du Manoir Fortin and the prefabricated modular construction at the symposium of the RTHQ (Regroupement Technologique en Habitation du Québec) organized by the SHQ (Société d'Habitation du Québec)

Here is the video of the presentation:

Reference links:

Les Condos du Manoir Fortin

Système modulaire Bonneville

Groupe Fortin Construction


Principes of natural air-conditioning



We will use the "natural" term to designate the passive so-called principles, that use very little mechanized technology, contrary to the active so-called principles, that are often based in very elaborate mechanisms and expensive maintenance.

Let's imagine a house situated under our cool moderate latitudes.

The air-conditioning (that is to say the cooling of the temperature inside of the building) is only necessary for a short enough period and in a limited margin.

Thus, for such a context, the natural air-conditioning would especially be appropriated.

Here is a schematic model of the building:


1. Walls very well ventilated  to permit air to go up until the roof.
2. Ventilated overhang to permit air to circulate inside the roof.
3. Warm air intake from inside of the house to send it to the underground ducts circuit to

refresh it.
4. Ventilation system to evacuate the warm air from inside of the house.
5. Roof ventilators
6. Materials in a pale rather than dark color.
7. Intake of fresh air cooled by the underground system and/or air from the outside.
8. System of underground ducts to cooling the interior air.

The reading of the model is sufficient to understand the principles.

1. Minimizing the direct thermal gains via the sun and air. (Notably via the use of pale colors to the exterior finishes).

2. Avoiding the most possible the accumulation of heat in the mass of the building, while evacuating it thanks to a ventilation of the walls and in the roof.

3. Minimizing the thermal gains inside the habitable spaces.
Notably via a direct ventilation of the pieces toward the outside, in appropriate time.

4. The interior temperature can be decreased by the freshness of the basement via,
for example, an underground pipeline circuit insulated against water.

5. We can in if the case arises, reinforce the system by electric fans, forcing air to circulate more quickly by very hot times, in the inhabited spaces or in the hidden spaces.


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