Sun and architecture
When building a new home we have a chance to have a home that works just right for us and what that looks like is entirely up to you. An important consideration to any new build is the climate on site. The prevailing wind direction and strength along with the sun’s path will play a role in the final design of a new home.
Understanding the sun’s path is a critical step when you are looking to include passive design principals, you will see examples of a sun study and how it impacts externally and internally to the preliminary concept. The study provides opportunity for solar heat gain and natural lighting, these can be set to study both summer and winter sun paths.
In a cooler climate such as ours we will want to take full advantage of the natural warmth and store that energy. There are many different ways this can be achieved, one of the most interesting ones I have come across is the Trombe Wall.
The internal study is also great from a design angle to highlight dark or over exposed areas. This is also a good time to play with skylights and solar tubes, just remember if you are desiring a high performing home with lower energy consumption the more penetrations you place in your roof the less effective your building envelope becomes.