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Passive Solar Design - We Vote Yes. Let's explore the pros and cons.

The sun provides all the energy we need to sustain life on this planet and it is time that we started using our natural resources more efficiently & #sustainably. Passive solar design can be used in both new #construction or as an addition to existing buildings, which can reduce heating bills up to 80%.


It also has #environmental benefits by reducing fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gases. Finally, passive solar design, when done right, can be an aesthetic home design.


Passive solar home designs can truly elevate your home and life.

So, what is passive solar design?

Passive solar design is a building practice that takes advantage of the sun to heat and cool spaces. The idea of passive solar design came from ancient Roman times when architects used large openings to provide cross-ventilation during hot summer days, as well as bringing in sunlight year-round.

This can be accomplished with a variety of materials including thermal mass, glazing, insulation, and ventilation. It's important to note that passive solar design doesn't have any moving parts which means it will work year round - even when there isn't enough sun for other forms of #solar power generation.

Pros and Cons to using passive solar design

Pros

  • If you care about the environment and love natural sunlight, the passive solar design delivers in spades.

  • Efficiencies over time will decrease your energy costs and carbon footprint.

  • Passive solar can add value to your home, as the market appetite increasingly demands sustainability and environmentally friendly buildings and living principles.

  • Aesthetically, using vast amounts of thermal glass and stone or other heat retaining materials is only a plus. This can create a modern, light, spacious aesthetic that will contrast the harsh, cookie cutter model of homes that are abundant today.

  • It can still be effective without full sunlight – even on cloudy days.


Cons

  • Careful site planning is required to achieve optimal passive solar outcomes.

  • Each system must be individually created.

  • Larger heating loads require a larger surface areas to absorb sunlight. Added surface area to a structure can increase construction costs in the short-term.

  • In most cases passive solar systems require mechanical back up.


There are many things home owners and builders can do to achieve greater #sustainability, energy efficiencies and add environmental ticks to homes, but we believe if you are building a new home, particularly a custom home and you believe in environmentally responsible living, this should be a priority for you.


There will be upfront costs and considerations, but overall you will reap the benefits in cost efficiencies, design aesthetic, bragging rights and a happier, healthier #home.


See our Fluerieu design for inspiration – it has a 6 star energy rating.


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