Passive Solar Design: Creating Sun-Inspired Homes

Architect Debra Rucker Coleman discusses the many benefits of working with the sun, and what to consider when building a home using passive solar design.

Vermont Passive Solar House
The houses featured in this article, including this passive solar home in Vermont, were designed by architect Debra Rucker Coleman and her company, Sun Plans. 
Photo By Rob Cardillo Photography
Concrete Floors For Thermal Mass
Concrete floors provide thermal mass, which helps keep a house cool in summer and warm in winter.
Photo By George Austin
South Wall Window Overhang
Properly sized overhangs above windows help prevent passive solar houses from overheating.
Photo By Sandy Nelson
Passive Solar Design Elements
Large, south-facing windows let in heat during winter and plenty of light all year.
Photo By Rob Cardillo Photography
South Facing Windows Passive Solar
South-facing windows are a primary part of passive solar design.
Photo By Debra Rucker Coleman
Debra Rucker Coleman
Architect Debra Rucker Coleman's book "The Sun-Inspired House" outlines her passive solar design ideas, and you can learn more about her company and designs at She lives in Citronelle, Ala.
Photo Courtesy Debra Rucker Coleman

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