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Passive Solar Energy Techniques

Beyond Passive Solar

An understanding of passive solar design techniques does not stop at heating and cooling. You will notice an astonishing improvement in the quality of day lighting in your new residence. Direct and reflected day lighting are manipulated through the architect's use of windows, skylights and clerestories.

Designing and building a new residence, addition or remodel offers you a unique opportunity. A design that conserves energy ultimately translates to a faster and higher resale value. Incorporation of passive solar energy design techniques saves money during the life cycle of the building and creates value for the owner. Isn't it a wonder more homeowners and builders don't insist upon their use? red square icon

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Design for Passive Solar

Buildings designed for passive solar and daylighting incorporate design features such as large south-facing windows and building materials that absorb and slowly release the sun's heat. No mechanical means are employed in passive solar heating. Incorporating passive solar designs can reduce heating bills as much as 50 percent. Passive solar designs can also include natural ventilation for cooling.

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