Solar Responsive building design. Solar-responsive design should minimize east windows, skylights and west windows. Any necessary east or west windows should be heavily shaded, and south-facing clerestories (e.g., dormers) should be used instead of skylights to keep out the high summer sun while harvesting the winter sun.
Going Green? The Dark Side to Solar Energy | Although solar power is admired and thought of as a possible renewable energy solution, Ozzie Zehner, author of Green Illusions, claims there are a number of drawbacks to using solar cells. “They are certainly touted as green, but because of their energy footprint of production, toxins, and numerous limitations, they often merely swap one set of side effects for another.”