can be combined in such a way that they feed each other and provide additional effectiveness. This combination follows a logical congruence with our research findings.
This Synergistic Passive-solar Design begins with orientation. The house is oriented with the broad sides facing south and north. A buffer, comprised of rooms that are not living spaces, is on the east and south-east side of the house.
To this we add some daylighting techniques. Deciduous trees are planted around the house. These trees build upon the concept of orientation by being planted in a way that takes into account the rooms in the house that most need shade as well as the need for particular amounts of light at any given time of day / year. Additionally, awnings are used on the south side of the house to block the high summer sun by allow in the lower winter sun’s light. High-performance glazing is used where natural light is desired but additional heat unwanted.
Temperature control within the residence is further enhanced through the strategic placement of thick walls that act as thermal masses. These masses absorb surplus latent heat by day and release it at night. The walls and ceiling of the house use high grade insulation that helps keep heat out.
We also take orientation and daylighting into account in the implementation of our solar water heater system; being sure to allow the solar water heater batch collector uninterrupted direct sunlight.
Further cooling is provided by a multiple-tower-qanat windcatcher system. We also position the opening of our exhaust tower in our windcatcher system so that it releases the hot air on or near the batch collector, increasing its temperature. It is through a series of thermal energy of transfers like this that we seek to move heat away from where it is not desired to places where it is.