We hope you had a wonderful Earth Day and wanted to take this opportunity to demonstrate how Stillwater homes are designed with passive heating/cooling in mind.
How a house is oriented to the sun has a dramatic impact on heating and cooling costs — the largest energy load in most homes. In climates where home heating is a primary concern, maximize your site’s southern exposure to take advantage of passive solar gain. With today’s high-performance glass, south facing windows provide a net heat gain vs. loss through the glass area. If you are building in a more temperate climate, you should take into account the heating effects of the sun on west-facing rooms.
Not only will well-placed windows reduce your heating bills (by as much as 50%), but they will provide the benefit of making your home bright and welcoming. Add the practical consideration of not having to rely on artificial lighting during any daylight hours—and the subsequent reduction in energy costs. The power of solar gain can be maximized with heat-absorbing masonry (fireplaces or tile floors) in rooms with southerly exposures. Southerly exposures can be shaded from the summer sun with floor or roof overhangs, exterior pergolas planted with greenery, or with well-planned landscaping.
Click here for more ideas to take advantage of the sun in your home design!
Hooray for New Team Members!
We are excited to welcome our two newest team members–Ryan in the Design Studio and Greg in Sales. As our team grows, we are continuing our search for talented architects. Visit our Careers page for current opportunities.
A few words from a Stillwater client who appreciates the energy efficiency of their home:
“After the sun was up the outside temp increased to a high of 45°F during the day. Our furnace briefly came on twice during the morning and that was it! Although the outside temperature never rose above 45°, the inside temperature climbed to 75° by noon! And with nothing but the sun’s rays warming the interior. Apparently, whoever designed this thing really knew what they were doing!” -Stillwater Homeowner, Colorado