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Exploiting the Elements of Passive Design

This home uses five systems to reduce its environmental impact, lower its operating cost, and improve its connection to the land

To exploit the principles of passive design, a house should be built to maximize its relationship to the site, to leverage location to its best advantage, and to reduce its impact to the site. James Tuer, an architect in British Columbia, designed a house that uses five systems to promote passive design and to reduce impact: passive heating and cooling to regulate the house's temperature; solar-shading to cool the house by blocking direct sunlight; rainwater harvesting to minimize reliance on well water for non-drinking uses; earth-sheltering to use the insulating properties of soil to reduce the strain on mechanical systems for heating and cooling; and natural daylighting to limit usage of electric lights.

Exploiting the Elements of Passive Design
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