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Peter Olorenshaw is passionate about passive solar design

Peter Olorenshaw is passionate about passive solar design

Peter Olorenshaw has been developing his passion for passive solar design for over 21 years in Nelson, one of New Zealand’s sunniest spots. While he does practise architecture elsewhere, like his designs, he prefers to keep it local.

Passive Solar Design

Peter’s tips for designing a good home include:

  1. Location – it’s hard to retrofit good community, so try and get this right first.
  2. Orientation – Peter tries to get sun into every bedroom and minimise the east and west glazing. Check out some of his examples.
  3. Size – ‘Tiny Houses‘ might be a bit extreme, but they offer good lessons for affordable comfort.
  4. Expertise – find an architect, ideally one with passion!

Contact Peter via his website at http://www.peteroarchitect.co.nz/

With good passive solar design, it's possible to get sun right to the back of your building.

With good passive solar design, it’s possible to get sun right to the back of your building.

Tiny Houses might be extreme, but they offer good lessons and demonstrate that small can be beautiful, comfortable and affordable. This 3 bedroom house is a compact 68 m2 and a very affordable $150,000.

Tiny Houses might be extreme, but they offer good lessons and demonstrate that small can be beautiful, comfortable and affordable. This 3 bedroom house is a compact 68 m2 and a very affordable $150,000.

I love stylish examples of contemporary passive solar design.

This is what Home Style Green is all about. I love stylish examples of contemporary passive solar design.

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  • Anyone who says that Passive House, Net Zero and other Energy Efficient concepts cost more, the reason probably is that they failed to first utilize some or any of Peters Tips. in their design.

    • Matthew Cutler-Welsh

      Great point, thanks Ergodesk

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