Designs for a Canadian Solar-Powered and Heated Home

A design for a Canadian solar-powered and heated home by architect Peter Fluker used sun energy in his home design. Includes photographs of the solar design and diagrams of the cross sections of the home.

| November/December 1982


An outdoor deck extends the living area during the warm months.


A design for a Canadian solar-powered and heated home features photographs and diagrams of how the solar home is built for summer and winter energy. (See the solar powered and heated home photos in the image gallery.)

Designs for a Canadian Solar-Powered and Heated Home

As "alternative" sources of energy have become more widely accepted, passively heated and cooled houses have received plenty of attention, and for several good reasons: They're often elementary in design and function, generally require a minimum of maintenance, and depend very little (if at all!) on the more conventional energy sources.

And, partly as a result of the fact that a "sun powered" structure is its own heating and cooling "system", most passive dwellings represent a fine balance between cost effectiveness and the aesthetic appeal of building a home that complements its natural surroundings.

The Peter Fluker residence, located 90 miles north of Toronto in Canada's Ontario province, provides a fine example of the favorable blend of comfortable, attractive living space with energy efficiency. Because "only" two-thirds of the building's heating requirements are taken care of by the sun (in a climate that experiences 8,500 heating degree-days annually), it can't be considered completely solar self-sufficient, but then few naturally tempered homes are as yet . . . and this "shortcoming" is certainly compensated for by the outdoor-like atmosphere of the structure.

In planning his family home, you see, Fluker—a design architect by profession—strongly felt that the dwelling should embody the concept that people and their residences ought to be integral parts of, rather than intrusions into, the surrounding environment.

To accomplish this, Peter spent a good deal of time studying the local terrain and designing the building so that each feature represents a response to its surroundings. By taking advantage of the site's physical characteristics, then, he was able to let the land do its share in making his home a functional success.

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