Passive solar heat gain / Guides

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...solar gains in the winter months and a very low sun angle, the solar gain that we get from November to March is very small and this is the time we need the heat for our homes. So can you store heat from the summer to heat the house in the winter? The solar storage would have to be very large and very well-insulated. ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...passive heat gain . Energy efficiency, insulation and orientation: An efficient and resilient home is one that uses minimal energy to heat, light and run appliances. The biggest draw is *almost always heating , so reducing heat requirements is the best way to reduce operational costs. *We say almost always, but a...

LEED Platinum Prefab Home Kits
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Pre-fab Homes

...passive solar gain . © SeeVirtual Not only is this a high efficiency home, it's a healthy home as well. Indoor contaminants were kept to a minimum by installing formaldehyde-free solid wood cabinets and zero VOC paints and finishes. Some other features that this home includes are: HEPA f...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...passive heat gain in living spaces. To know if that's really a good idea for the planet, you would need to realistically calculate how much food you could produce in that space compared to how much heat could have been passively generated and decide which improves your carbon footprint. We would argue for the heat ga...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...passive solar design by offering shade in the summer, yet allowing the sun to pass through in winter for solar heat gain. Preserve natural materials: If you’re building on rich top soil, set it aside and cover it with a tarp for future use. Rocks that come out during excavation can be save...

Mixed interior room lighting
Lighting

Home lighting design

...passive solar heat gain. Not only does the sun offer free heat, but free light as well. Natural and certain types of artificial lighting can reduce the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Studies show that people who live and work in naturally lit environments are healthier, happier and more productive....

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...Passive Solar Homes: leading by design The spectacular picture window in this model range of high-performance prefab homes is just over 36 feet long , and optimized for passive solar gain . This results in significant energy savings for this model of home over winter. At the same time, to prevent overheating in summe...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...Passive House & Net Zero Energy ready prefab homes This architect-designed home has a contemporary, modern and minimalist style with an open-concept floorplan that includes large windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Pa...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...Passive House & Net Zero Energy ready prefab homes This architect-designed home has a contemporary, modern and minimalist-style with an open-concept floorplan that includes large windows for natural lighting that can reduced heating costs when oriented for passive solar heat gain . Some kit houses we feature are Pa...

Correctly installed Triple pane south facing windows on Ecohome's Demo House
Windows and doors

Installing doors & windows for the best performance in high efficiency homes, LEED & Passive House

...heat flow is more dramatic. A thicker coloured line indicates a longer time taken for heat to move through it. Or in layman terms - in cold climates this translates to more heat in your house and more money in your pocket, or in warm climates, more unwanted heat outside and a lower load on the aircon unit, also savin...

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy
Concept and design

Building science for LEED v4 wall design made easy - video

...passive solar heat gain meant the headers we needed were massive, making these walls absolutely un-liftable by mere humans, so we enlisted the help of a boom truck to get them standing. Kott lumber also engineered the walls, so it was quite handy to have that done by the same company that would provide the necessary ...