Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Passive Solar Design

 

If you are part of  constructing a new home, consider ways to take complete advantage of the sun – termed "passive solar design". Houses that incorporate passive solar design can positively augment the effects of a solar power system.

Main features to passive solar design include:
  • Positioning a home on an east-west axis and ensuring that the home's south side receives its maximum amount of daylight.
  • Designing interior spaces so that rooms used most frequently are along the building's south face.
  • Taking advantage of thermal mass spaces to store, absorb, and distribute heat.
  • Installing overhangs, selecting windows, and adding insulation to maximize sun (and shade).
  • Planting trees and other vegetation strategically around your home to provide natural shading and buffer from intense heat.

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