Passive Solar Design, Part 2
A passive solar designed home utilizes solar heat gain in the winter to warm the interior of a home, controls solar heat gain in the summer, and facilitates daylighting, natural ventilation, and nighttime cooling to keep a home comfortably cool in the summer. As a result, energy is saved by maximizing the home's natural heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting options. Additionally, homes featuring good passive solar design are typically healthier and more comfortable.
This fact sheet from Build It Green describes the following considerations in designing the interior of a passive solar designed home:
- Building materials