Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Passive Solar Design Tips for Texas

Taking TheLEED outlined some passive solar design ideas this week that are particularly feasible for Texas.
  • Warmer climate and higher humidity make cooling more difficult to achieve.
  • A long, narrow building with the longest sides facing south and north and minimum glazing on the east and west ends is optimal.
  • Most glazing should be on the south side with overhangs.
  • Use thermal mass materials for passive heating and shading for passive cooling.
  • Highly reflective exterior surfaces direct much of the suns heat away from the structure.
  • Use natural ventilation whenever possible.
For the complete article, go to: Passive Solar Design Tips for Texas
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