Debra Rucker Coleman, Architect
Learn About Sun-Inspired Design

Sun-inspired design combines the practical aspects of saving energy with the delightful characteristics of bright interiors. How a home is oriented and where the windows are placed make a big difference in the energy needed to heat, cool and light a home. The basic concepts of passive solar design also keep the home cool in summer and maximize day lighting year-round.

Low-cost passive solar strategies are more affordable than adding solar panels. Energy bills are typically 1/3 to 1/2 lower (or all the way to zero when PV is added) compared to a new home built to code. The sun can provide 20-90% of a house's heating needs with little cooling penalty. Sun-inspired concepts can be integrated into any design style. Learn more:

This information and more can be found in The Sun-Inspired House written by the Sun Plan's architect after years designing low-energy, high-performance, passive solar homes. The E-book available from Sun Plans also includes about 150 house plans.