Passive & Active Solar Systems
Inspired by the New England barn and the New York loft, Architect Paul Lukez has penned a cleverly compact home design that uses natural ventilation, "super insulation" and passive and active solar systems to minimize energy use.
The 2,000 sq ft (186 sq m) Solar Barn Loft uses overhangs and openings on the southern façade to minimize solar heat gain in the summer and maximize it during the winter. Deciduous trees block the summer sun, but allow winter light through. A large patio bounces light upward towards the underside of the south-facing eve, which itself is reflective and helps to light the house naturally. Heat, meanwhile, is not reflected.
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