houses should be built in the optimum postion to take advantage of each locale
Illustration: Ian Dingman
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The way older houses, like this American Foursquare, were positioned on a lot allowed them to tap "passive solar" heat and light long before the term was coined. South-facing houses get maximum sun exposure, reducing energy demands. Nestled at the bottom of a ridge or behind a screen of trees, they are protected from wind.
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