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Sky Conditions & Precipitation

As the sun moves, it can encounter sky conditions that can intensify it or obscure it. It is important to understand these metrics and account for them when designing a net zero energy building. Clouds The frequency and opacity of cloudcover must be modeled in order to ensure good passive…

Wind & Wind Rose Diagrams

Wind provides natural ventilation and usually cools buildings and people because it accelerates the rate of heat transfer.  Wind speed and direction changes throughout the day and year, and is not as universally predictable as the sun’s movement. Knowing your location’s wind patterns influences important environmental and structural considerations.  (Monthly…

Solar Position

The sun’s movement through the day and through the year is one of the most crucial environmental factors to understand when designing high performance buildings. If you design your building with careful consideration of the sun’s path, you can take advantage of strategies such as natural daylighting, passive heating, PV…

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