GENERAL DEFINITION OF THE TECHNIQUE WATER CATCHMENT FROM COVERING

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GENERAL DEFINITION OF THE TECHNIQUE
Technique: WATER CATCHMENT FROM COVERING

Definition characters description and diffusion

Terrace habitation is the most apt method for the collection of rainwater. The practice was diffused in the Byzantine world and in an Islamic environment. 

General characters description and diffusion

In Yemen, even houses built with raw earth allow the collection of water thanks to the impermeability of the lime. Every mosque works as a collector and water captured on the terrace is channeled into the courtyards. In the Sassi di Matera, the roofs of houses do not come out of the walls, but the rest on the inside of the terrace so as to permit the channeling of rainwater using the vertical ducts of the cistern dug in the courtyard. The practice is associated with the creation of suspended or hanging gardens on the terraces that contribute to the maintenance of optimal technical conditions in the houses. 

Advantages and sustainability

Roofs or covers are used to aid in water catchment methods. Since these roofs serve a dual purpose they contribute to the sustainability of the technique. 

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TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUE DATA

Technique
WATER CATCHMENT FROM COVERING
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Cathegory
F - Energy and resources management
Identification code
F6a
Local applications of the technique
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