Passive Home Cooling and Heating Methods

Brodie Sheds Some Insight on 6PR.

Shade sails are an extraordinarily cheap way of providing an enormous amount of shade while still allowing some sun and shade to come through.

Appropriately designed shade sails can be a great advantage if they are part of an integrated concept. We have to remember that we do not always live in a hot climate. Ideally, shade sails will keep out the hot sun in summer and allow the sun to come in, in winter.

Utilizing planting around or near shade sails, that can be kept moist, will provide moisture through which the breeze can pass and create cooling for the house.

Micro-climate landscape planting is a smart way of reducing heat loads on buildings.

Other forms of passive cooling and heating include the direction of the building; whether it is facing towards the sun or sheltering from cool winds in winter, the roof colours, shading, and the shape of the  windows, as these will determine the amount of daylight that comes in and projects into the room.

Hydronic heating and cooling from water is also mentioned, as well as thermal load, heat climates and urban heat islands.

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