Root cellars and other means of passive food storage are simple and effective ways to reduce carbon footprints, monthly bills, grid dependency, and increase your food security. In this workshop, participants will learn elements of designing for passive cooling and humidity control, including site selection, design strategies and options, materials pros and cons, thermal mass, ice batteries, raw food considerations, planning crops for food storage, design considerations for different applications, and retrofit opportunities and methodologies.
Course start time: Saturday, 9am
Course end time: Sunday, 5pm
- Competency Level: All Levels
- Sterling College credits: 1 Continuing Education Unit ($130 additional)
Root Cellar Design
Crop storage history and future considerations
Crop storage basics: temperature/humidity/crops
Tour of local root cellars
Cooling technologies discussion:
Renewable energy, cogeneration, and passive methods
Building thermal mass; strategies for building portection and stability.
Materials choices: Pros and cons of masonry, wood, and steel
Consturction styles, options, and considerations
Design exploration: putting your own projects onto paper
Design review and feedback; planning.