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Passive Solar House Plans

Picture of a Passive Solar House

We offer a wide variety of passive solar house plans. All were created by architects who are well known and respected in the passive solar community. Properly oriented to the sun, homes built from passive solar floor plans require much less energy for heating and cooling.

Common Characteristics of Passive Solar House Plans:

  • Requires proper orientation to the sun, with one highly glazed wall facing south
  • Thermal mass in the floors beneath the south-facing windows retains the heat of the sun in winter months
  • The roof overhang is set to allow the light of the low arcing winter sun in, and keep out the light of the high arcing summer sun
  • Can lower energy bills dramatically, both in summer and winter months

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We highly recommend that you click on two boxes – the number of bedrooms you know you need, and one less bedroom. For example, if you need 4 bedrooms, click on the boxes next to 4 and next to 3. Otherwise you will not see homes where existing rooms on the lower, main, or upper levels might work perfectly well as a bedroom instead of as an office, study, etc.