Using architecture to reduce cooling demand


Windows that are not already shaded by adjacent buildings have louvers (vertical to block morning and afternoon sun and horizontal to block midday sun) set to prevent direct sunlight from shining into the building.

Mary Mazzoni

Based in Philadelphia, Mary Mazzoni is the senior editor of TriplePundit. She is also a freelance journalist with a passion for storytelling and sustainability. Her work has appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News, Earth911, the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands and the Daily Meal.

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