Staying Cool – The Passive Options

A summer of frequent 100-plus degree days underlines the need for cooling strategies.

Turning on the air conditioner, evaporative cooler, or even the electric fans should be the last resort. Here are some passive options.

As your first line of defense, keep the sun from coming in the windows. Interior drapes help, but exterior protection is best. This house shows some strategies for keeping the heat at bay.

One – A metal trellis wraps around the south and west walls of the addition, providing partial shade or filtered light.

Two – A cantilevered deep awning covers the patio from sun and rain.

Three – Low and high operable windows allow for natural ventilation.

Using SketchUp, a 3-D modeling tool, we were able to study the path of the sun on the building during the design phase.

Click here to see more pictures of this house.

Click here to read a Houzz story about passive cooling options.

Happy August!

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