Passive Solar

Passive Solar Home


Passive Solar

A major component of the homes that Braden Homes Ltd. creates is that of passive solar gain.

What this entails is orienting the house to the south to allow the sun to assist in warming it during the winter months. In the interior layout of the house, the daytime living areas (kitchen, eating areas, nursery and/or family room) are positioned on the south side and are provided with larger windows.

Utility rooms, bathrooms and storage areas are concentrated on the north side with smaller windows as there is less light and potential heat gain in this orientation.

To prevent heat buildup in the summer months, roof overhangs are larger than normal (typically 2'6") in order to shade window surfaces when the summer sun is higher.  During the winter months when the sun is substantially lower, sunlight can stream into the windows to assist with warming the home.

Details such as porches or garages are located on the west end of our homes in order to protect the structure from prevailing winds and the hot setting summer sun. Active solar and photovoltaic systems can also be incorporated at the customer's request.

Passive Solar Home

 

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