chapter  7
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Passive solar design

The first step in creating comfort and thermal delight in buildings is to understand the relationship between the climate and our need for shelter. There is an enormous variation in climates that buildings experience. These can be at the scale of global climates, from the Arctic to the Sahara. They can be regional climates in the centre of a continent or on the seashore. They can be local climates on the sunny or the shady side of a hill or street. All will influence the way in which a building should be designed in relation to the sun.