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South Dakota Architecture

Design for Your Climate

When designing a building in South Dakota, you need to keep in mind climate change. The summer heat can climb above 100*F, and the winter cold can dip below 10*F. You will want to be sure and use the correct envelope design. Envelopes have two design concepts; open frame and closed shell.

Open frame design is great for locations where the outside conditions are close to the desired internal conditions. designer will selectively add to the open frame to modify the subtle outside climate changes.

Closed shell is the option that will be used more by designers in cold climates. Designers using this concept start with a closed shell and begin to open the design to bring a little of the outside in. This can be accomplished with the use of windows and peek outs.

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