A key concept that we implement in every project, solar passive design involves designing to control the amount of sunlight allowed to infiltrate the building during specific times of the year.
In short, direct sunlight access within the building is sought to be minimised during the warmer months and maximised throughout the winter months, in turn regulating the temperature of the indoor environment without relying on air-conditioning or other active systems. To achieve this, we take into account the orientation of each site in developing the layout and form of our designs, the number, glazing type and size of windows and how these windows are shaded.
To optimise a dwelling’s performance, we couple this controlled sunlight access with ample thermal mass and insulation which work to extend the period of comfort, capturing and storing the heat or coolth allowed by the building’s design.
Our light-filled and thermally comfortable spaces have become a signature element of our architectural designs.