Tools for finding a Sunny Building Site
Building a Solar Heated
you can do with the SUNKIT?
- Evaluate any property or building site and determine
exactly when it will see the sun. Chart the blockage by hours of the
day and months of the year. Click HERE
for an example of the tools and charts.
- Determine the best location and orientation of a
solar home, solar panels or photovoltaic devices.
- Quickly understand what type of solar heating will
work best (give you the biggest bang for the buck) for your local
climate and latitude.
- Learn simple ways to modify stock plans to provide a
brighter, more appealing interior while saving heating energy at the
- Use a simple tool from the SUNKIT to predict where
trees will fall and determine slopes and elevations.
day people buy property and build homes without regard for the natural
sunlight falling on their house. They could have taken into account the
site's natural light and warmth (in winter) or shade (in summer) to
make their house more comfortable and energy efficient. Not doing so
can raise energy bills 30% higher than they need to be. Some people,
interested in solar, even install expensive PV electric panels and
never determine the best location with the most annual sunlight.
just a little foresight, and without adding any additional expenses
these people could have a house with bright, light-filled rooms
— a house that is comfortable and appealing in winter and
cool and shaded in the summer. Using the guidelines in this kit, and
just a bit more planning, you can significantly reduce the lifetime
energy use of your home and increase its comfort level well beyond that
of nearby conventional houses.
This type of
solar need not look weird!
a "solar aware" house — a normal house where someone took the
time to think about the site and understand the local sunpath. A house
where someone thought about the placement of windows and where people
might sit at certain times of the day.
What's in the SUNKIT?
inexpensive techniques for enhancing the
solar functioning of any home design. (Passive
solar and solar tempered houses)
- Sun charts for
mainland US sites. Use these for
charting blockages at your site.
declination chart for mainland US sites to
determine precise location of true North/South line.
- Sunny days map
for US shows what areas of the
country are solar blessed and which are cloud covered. Also a Heating
and Cooling map of the US.
- A slope
inclinometer for measuring angles such as
roof slope and the tops of trees. Use this for estimating heights and
plotting blockages on the sun chart.
- Bonus tool
— Simple surveying techniques using the inclinometer.
Simple uses of Solar for any house design
Chart the sunpath at your site
and know how many hours of sunlight the house will see at any time of
Find the best solar site on a
property — before you buy it!
Know when the morning light
will come in your bedroom window on April 1st (or any other date.)
Determine which trees to cut
for sun and which to keep for summer shade.
Tweak the design of your
floorplan to take maximum advantage of your site and climate.
Save 10% to 30% on home heating
without spending any more on construction!
For even higher efficiency, the
SUNKIT includes proven low-cost building techniques that move your
house towards energy independence. (More glass and thermal mass)
- All you need is
Everything else is included in the kit including a build-it-yourself
includes the build-it-yourself Inclinometer above and these three
Custom Sun Charts -
Sun charts for all 48 mainland U.S. states and Southern Canada with
complete instructions for their use (18 pages). This does everything
the $89 see-through solar gizmos do! Chart the precise solar available
at your building site and compare different sites.
Solar Strategies -
Climate specific techniques for cost-effective use of low-cost solar.
Includes both heating and cooling strategies and sizing guidelines. (5
tricks for Simple
Surveying - use the inclinometer to estimate the
your roads, heights of trees and foundations, and where the trees you
cut will fall. (2 pages.)
Sunkit is a free download when you join the design/build membership
See all the other helpful free downloads HERE.
To order a hardcopy booklet click HERE. #P020
for more information
your own cabin, small
home or outbuilding.