Select Your Strategies
Solar Orientation + Control

Adjusting building form to use and control the heat and light available from the sun

Depending upon the climate, the time of year, the program, and the location, daylight may be desired while the heat from the sun is not. In order to maximize building performance and thermal and visual comfort, this complex relationship between light and heat must be understood and controlled.1

In many ways, traditional dwellings were more adapted to the local climatic conditions than modern buildings are. With any project, study local and regional vernacular building patterns for clues to improve energy efficiency and comfort.