My father lives in a passive solar home in South West Colorado that he designed and built and the result is comfortable bright living spaces in the summer and winter, however because he is in the mountains he is able to take advantage of cool nights even in the summers and is scrupulous about opening all the windows at night to cool down the thick adobe interior walls and then closing them during the day, the thermal mass stays cool til about 5pm, something some occupants would not do thus losing the effect of thermal mass.
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