Three things are very important to look for when you want to buy a green home or a home that you can remodel to be green. They are::
1. A home with most of the windows on the north and south. It usually means the long axis on the east-west. It normally, but not always, means the home either faces north or south. Having most of the windows on the north and south is the first step in making a passive solar home.
2. Windows should open. If many of the windows are fixed glass, you will be replacing them in order to let natural breezes cool your home. It is very expensive to replace windows and even when replacing them with windows that are more energy efficient, the payback tme for replacing windows is quite long!
3. Overhangs large enough to protect your home from rainwater and sunshine.
Best to keep looking until you find the following:
The majority of your windows are on the north and south. There is one exception and that is when all west windows are shaded by deciduous vegetation. Helpful is east windows are shaded by vegetation, too.
Windows that are easily opened: Working with nature to cool your home with breezes is obviously cheaper than using air-conditioning. Although windows can be replaced, it is expensive to do so.
Reasonably-sized roof overhangs. They not only protect from sun, they also protect your windows from rainwater. All windows eventually leak–but not if no rainwater reaches them–besides who wants to be washing off rain spots?!?
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