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Sun-Inspired Design Elements
 
In each sun-inspired, passive solar home design, the following elements were considered while creating the house plan with the original home owner who commissioned and trusted Sun Plans.
 
Homeowner's Life-Style
Identify the desired characteristics and spaces that make a house a home for that family
 
Land, Site Planning, and Climate
Choose a site with winter sun exposure and analyze the local climate
 
Orientation and Building Form
Orient the longest walls of the house to face north and south
 
South Glass
Integrate many south facing windows and glass doors
 
Windows & Day Lighting
Add a few north, east and west windows for light, cross breezes and views
 
Overhangs, Shading & Porches
Shade south windows with overhangs; shade east and west windows with porches and trees
 
Thermal Mass
Incorporate brick, concrete, tile, stone, etc. to absorb and release heat and therefore stabilize interior temperatures
 
Sun Rooms (if desired)
Include one for living space and not just for solar gain
 
Natural Cooling
Locate windows high and low in buildings to capitalize on the natural patterns of air movement.
 
 
(See Chapter 3 of The Sun-Inspired House for elaboration on these design elements for a passive solar home.)