Sustainable and Cool: University of Arizona’s Impressive Infrastructure

The earliest sustainable structures in Arizona were built by the Native Americans. The adobe-style buildings kept the insides of buildings cool in the summers. The natives also dug canal systems to irrigate the land, bringing water to their communities. In Arizona, building materials such as adobe and copper are commonly used. Prior to swamp coolers and air conditioning, the climate was the most difficult challenge to desert design. After air conditioning became mainstream in the state, the battle to keep energy

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