Passive Solar Design

What is Passive Solar Design?

Did you know that your home's floors, walls and windows can be intelligent if designed correctly? With a little thought and the "five elements of solar design" your home can be designed to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and reject solar heat in the summer. Unlike an active solar heating system, passive solar design does not involve the use of mechanical and electrical devices, such as pumps, fans, or electrical controls to move the solar heat. No moving parts!

Energy savings from passive solar design can be significant. The elements of passive solar design that we use wherever applicable include southerly orientation, high-mass floor, and low-E windows. The concrete slab sub-floor not only provides a high thermal mass for storing heat, it also eliminates dust, mildew, and rot problems commonly associated with crawl spaces.