Passive Solar Design Principles - Tuning The House

Making use of the construction elements to heat and cool your house.

Once the most fundamental decisions have been taken in your house design process—position on site, building envelope shape, and internal zoning—the major construction elements which make up the physical structure of your house can be tuned to produce an optimal performance. These elements (usually called superstructure) are:

All these elements have thermal characteristics which can be manipulated in order to control the internal climate of your house. The following posters show how each of these elements can be used to your advantage in a cool temperate climate like the southern tablelands.

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