A site analysis was performed early in the project, directly contributing to design decisions around the building massing and orientation on the site. - Photo Credit: SERA Architects

A site analysis was performed early in the project, directly contributing to design decisions around the building massing and orientation on the site. - Photo Credit: SERA Architects

Site Analysis: Visualizing a Site Analysis Ever wonder how the environment and natural surroundings will affect the design of a home? Here is a sample of a typical site analysis we think through in the design process, and sometimes illustrate for the client. The interplay of the building mass and natural features, such as trees, sun path, wind patterns, and the form of the land are important items to consider and can help ensure that the site is utilized to maximum advantage..

Site Analysis: Visualizing a Site Analysis Ever wonder how the environment and natural surroundings will affect the design of a home? Here is a sample of a typical site analysis we think through in the design process, and sometimes illustrate for the client. The interplay of the building mass and natural features, such as trees, sun path, wind patterns, and the form of the land are important items to consider and can help ensure that the site is utilized to maximum advantage..

Solar geometry provides the tools for effective passive solar heating, shading and daylighting.

Playing the Angles for Solar-Responsive Design

Solar geometry provides the tools for effective passive solar heating, shading and daylighting.

sun path diagram | 12 Houses in Icod | Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, Spain | daolab | 2012

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sun path diagram | 12 Houses in Icod | Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, Spain | daolab | 2012

The sun 'travels' different paths throughout the season.  The summer sun is high, while the winter sun is low.  Passive solar design situates the house and is built with certain materials to help it to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

The sun 'travels' different paths throughout the season. The summer sun is high, while the winter sun is low. Passive solar design situates the house and is built with certain materials to help it to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

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