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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2020
     
    Maybe that's part of the reason it's been kept but the old ”black” houses (stone walls with thatched roof) are like that so at least part of the excuse will likely be following the local “vernacular”. Wind uplift and Ice damming are my speculation as to why that design was originally adopted, possibly combined with lack of decent sized bits of wood.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2020 edited
     
    Posted By: Ed DaviesMaybe that's part of the reason it's been kept but the old ”black” houses (stone walls with thatched roof) are like that

    Ah, OK, I was thinking about relatively modern practice. Historically it seems the houses you're thinking of had turf roofs with thatch on top (what was the thatch made from I wonder?) in which case it would be difficult to build overhangs, and wind uplift would certainly be a factor. I don't see how you would get much of an ice dam on thatch?
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2020 edited
     
    I think it ranks alongside one of Tony's pet hates, I believe, i.e. parapet gable walls.
    A Victorian farmhouse near me is undergoing what looks like a significant and expensive makeover, where both of these features have been re-modelled into the new shape, destroying the original eaves, and gable tiled protection, but still with the original exposed brickwork. It's asking for future trouble IMO.
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