You chose your new home’s site for a reason. Maybe you imagined a landscaped garden set against stone walls and framed by the woods. Or maybe there’s an awesome vista of the ocean, or a mountainside perch looking over a valley below. We want you to have what you envisioned when you chose this location. It’s why we work hard to balance your views and desires for the site with the solar orientation of your Solsken passive house.
To maximize winter heat gain and summer heat rejection in your Solsken house, we calculate the seasonal position of the sun at your site’s latitude. We are taught that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, but the truth is this only happens on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes. Because of the earth’s tilt, the winter sun rises south of east and sets south of west, while the summer sun rises a bit north of east and sets south of west in the summer. Using compass south would not be optimal.
So we begin by identifying your property’s true solar south. Then we site the house based on your latitude, accounting for the maximum height of the sun in the winter. and its maximum height in the summer. Doing this fills your home with the sunlight and warmth of the low winter sun and conversely, keeps the stifling heat of the high summer sun out, keeping your home cooler on hot days in the summer.
Siting your home is a balance of solar orientation and maximizing your views. We always want to to take advantage of the sun’s warmth, or to minimize its heat. But our ultimate goal is to nourish your soul with a home that embraces both the awe-inspiring views the site offers and the warmth available from the sun.
The result? A beautiful home, perfectly sited for form and function.