Use Passive Solar Building Design
Position your house to collect the sun’s energy in winter and reduce your need for carbon producing, man-made energy for heating - a cost saving benefit to you and to the environment.
In summer, designed shade elements such as pergolas, extended eaves and low emission glazing will help reject solar heat – another cost saving benefit to you and the environment.
To maximise winter solar heat the house needs to be ideally orientated with as much shaded north facing glass as possible. Double glazing and low emission glass used in conjunction with a concrete slab or “thermal mass” element, encourage internal heat gain that can be retained inside longer in winter. In summer thermal mass elements can also have a cooling effect.