Apr 26, 2007, 4:21 PM
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It is extremely hard to find accurate data about the elevation of Cuernavaca. Since Cuernavaca slopes from higher in the north, to lower in the south, it probably depends on where in the city the measurements were made.
Re: [robbers] Steel & Glass House Practical?
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I did three searches, and came up with three different answers today. One site said the elevation of Cuernavaca is 1452 meters that is 5,049 feet. The second site said it is 1548 meters that is 5,078 feet. The third site did not give the elevation in meters, but said it is 5,200 feet here.
I don’t know how accurate Google earth might be, but over the years I have found many different figures for the elevation here. I think a person would need access to a university or other institution to find accurate research reports. These differences are why I always just say that we are at about 5,000 feet altitude here. At this altitude, a couple of hundred feet isn’t worth being concerned about.
If you use single paned glass walls, the house will definitely be warmer in the summer, and cold in the winter in Cuernavaca. (Yep, quicksand.) You will need to install a heating system for the winter months, and air-conditioning with all the higher energy costs for the summer months, or, be sure that many of the panels in those glass walls will open to give more than average ventilation. If you do that, you may get by with lots of fans. You will need screens for any of the panels that will open, that kind of defeats the purpose of the glass walls to provide a nice view.
One thing that I have noticed that is ignored by Mexican builders is adequate ventilation. Every building code that I have ever worked with in several states in The US mandates a minimum amount of ventilation for every occupant of a home.
A three-bedroom home is rated for six occupants, a four-bedroom home for eight occupants, etc. There must be windows that will open in each bedroom with a minimum amount of square inches of ventilation available for each occupant, even if those windows are never opened, the ventilation must be available. Minimum amounts of ventilation must also be provided in every room in the house, including most importantly, the bathrooms.
One if the houses we lived in here in Cuernavaca had a very tiny window in the master bath. We had a constant, unsolvable mold problem in the shower in that bathroom.
Cleaning those glass walls will also be a daunting task requiring the use of a ladder, and I think most maids will ask for extra pay on the days they need to be cleaned, or just tell you that they will not do that job. It is probably something she will discuss with you when you hire her when she sees the house.
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(This post was edited by RexC on Apr 26, 2007, 8:17 PM)