WHAT IS PASSIVE SOLAR HOME DESIGN?
Passive solar home design leverages the sun's exposure to regulate the heating and cooling of a home - reducing the dependence on additional energy sources to provide a comfortable living environment. The elements included in the design include window placement, ventilation systems, sun shading and strategic building materials to provide a simple, non-mechanical system that provides a consistent climate and limits temperature fluctuations.
The designs are built to support the specific climate characteristics of the home - including sun, wind and precipitation. Specifically, these designs are implement to store and distribute heat in cool climates and deflect and ventilate heat in warm climates.
For example, in cooler climates, south-facing windows are strategically positioned to capture the energy from the sun to heat the home. In warm climates, these south-facing aspects are shaded to reduce the heat transfer to the home.