11.8.1 Passive Solar Design (PSD)

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11.8.1 Passive Solar Design (PSD)

Virtually all buildings enjoy free energy and light from the sun; the objective in PSD is to maximise this benefit by using simple design approaches which intentionally enable buildings to function more effectively and provide a comfortable environment for living or working. PSD has always been a feature of traditional vernacular architecture.  A structure employing PSD is unlikely to cost more than a structure built without the benefit of passive solar design. Design, infrastructure and site layout are key to achieving energy efficient development by optimising passive solar gain in domestic and non-domestic buildings.   PSD is a central principle of the Guidelines on Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas[1] and the Kilkenny Rural House Design Guide[2].


[1] Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas (Cities, Towns and Villages), 2009

[2] Kilkenny County Council, County Kilkenny Rural Design Guide, 2008