Siting your home is a matter of balancing the energy of the sun and the performance of the building. We can build on any site. We are experts at balancing solar orientation while maximizing your view. Our goal is to take advantage of the sun’s warmth or, minimize its heat. Another goal is to nourish your soul with awe-inspiring views.
You chose this location for a reason. Maybe, you imagined a landscaped garden set against stonewalls framed by the woods. Or, maybe it’s an awesome vista of the ocean or a mountain valley. We want you to have what you envisioned when you chose this location. It’s why we work hard to balance your views with the solar orientation of your passive house.
To maximize winter heat gain and summer heat rejection in your house, we calculate the seasonal position of the sun at your site’s latitude. We are taught that the sun rises in the east
and sets in the west. The truth is this only happens on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes. Because of the earth’s tilt, the winter sun rises south of east and sets south of west in the winter.
While the summer sun rises slightly north of east and sets south of west in the summer. Using compass south would not be optimal.
We begin by identifying your property’s true solar south. Then we site the house based on your latitude, accounting for the maximum height of the sun in the winter. and summer. Doing this fills your home with the sunlight and warmth of the low winter sun and conversely, keeps the stifling heat of the high summer sun out, keeping your home cooler on hot days in the summer.
A beautiful home, perfectly sited for form and function.
The angle of the sun changes throughout the year.