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Big Steps In Building: Stop Ignoring Orientation And Sun Control : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Big Steps In Building: Stop Ignoring Orientation And Sun Control : TreeHugger via @TreeHugger

Image credit Florida Solar Energy There are some very simple moves one can make to reduce the amount of energy a house uses, that any builder in America could do without adding much to the cost of a house. Builders ignore orientation, window placement and cross ventilation, all of which can make a huge difference. Customers buy plans or houses and don't even think about which way they are facing. One reason might be that they don't have the tools. Kris De Decker of Low-tech Magazine points us to a toolbox provided by Seattle Consultant Christopher Gronbeck's site Sustainable By Design . Screen shot, Sun angle calculator It is not like it is rocket science, figuring out how high the sun is , or how deep an overhang should be. You can even calculate the heat gain through your windows. The energy savings that accrue from figuring this out before you build are huge. But if you...

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