Designing for Climate and Environment
by Dallis Tanner
To my mind, the singular most important design factor is designing a home for affordable and comfortable livability. So many homes are positioned on the block to face the street or view without mitigating the effect of summer afternoon sun. Others place a garage on the aspect receiving warm winter sun.
A site plan would help a homeowner and architect plan a really comfortable home that can b e stylish and beautiful while also affordable to live in and environmentally sustainable.
Whenever I see a floor plan I always want to know where north is in southern hemisphere or south in northern hemisphere.
It is essential to be aware of solar passive design as the earth faces a warming trend with diminishing resources.