ENERGY CONSERVATION

• Introduce daylight into interior spaces through

careful placement of large, high windows and

clerestory windows for balanced light.

• In appropriate settings, use thick, massive

walls such as masonry, earth walls, and straw

bales designed at the correct thermal mass

to retain and release heat.

• Insulate roofs to maintain desired interior

temperature.

• Locate mechanical systems centrally for

efficient distribution of heat, cooling, and power.

• In mild climates, consider using operable

windows and other measures to reduce the

need for mechanical ventilation.

• Consider ground-coupled heat pumps, passive

solar, and other energy-saving heating

techniques.

 

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