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Passive solar design refers to the use of the sun's energy to heat and cool the living spaces in a home, utilizing the southern exposure to allow the sun to enter the home during the winter and warm it's interior.

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Solar References
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices.
Sustainable by Design is the consulting firm of Christopher Gronbeck, Seattle, Washington, USA.  He site provides a suite of shareware design tools on sustainable energy topics.  Very helpful for analysis window overhangs, window heat gain, sun position, solar angle, and much more.
Architecture 2030, a non-profit, non-partisan and independent organization, was established in response to the global-warming crisis by architect Edward Mazria in 2002. 2030’s mission is to rapidly transform the US and global Building Sector from the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions to a central part of the solution to the global-warming crisis
Southface is a non-profit corporation in Atlanta. GA dedicated to providing sound environmental education and outreach programs.  A great source for solar education.
A valuable source or solar information and professional references.
The U.S. Department of Energy site for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
The North Carolina Solar Center.  A full resource for energy professionals.
A green building encyclopedia.
The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America’s housing.
An excellent site for “Do-It-Yourselfers”.   Plans, tools and information  to do  renewable energy and conservation projects.
A site devoted to green homes, both old homes and new construction.  A part of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The HHI provides consumers information to make their homes healthier. HHI strives to be the most comprehensive educational resource available for creating healthier homes.