Passive solar design

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Passive solar design features include:

  • Orienting buildings so that North facing windows allow sunlight to enter living spaces.
  • Using sunlight from North facing windows to heat living spaces when you want to warm a building
  • Using thermal mass (such as masonry walls and concrete slabs) to regulate internal temperature variations.
    • In summer, thermal mass can keep a building a cool duing hot days (if you keep the sun off it)
    • In winter, you can allow thermal mass to warm up in sunlight so it can give off heat during the evenings
  • Using shading systems to keep sunlight away from North, East and West facing windows when you want to keep a building cool
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