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Passive Solar Heating and Daylighting for Homeowners

Photo of the inside of a house.

This home's passive solar design features direct gain heating and clerestory windows for daylighting.

The following resources will help you incorporate passive solar heating and daylighting designs into your home. If you are unfamiliar with these technologies, see the introduction to passive solar heating and daylighting.

General Information

U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers: Passive Solar Home Design
Features comprehensive basic information and resources.

American Solar Energy Society
Has publications on passive solar design and daylighting, and information on its National Tour of Solar Homes, which is held every October in many communities throughout the United States.

Passive Solar Design
From the Sustainable Sources website.

Evaluation Tools

Solar Radiation Data Manual for Buildings
Provides information on solar radiation and illuminance values for windows in many areas across the United States.

OpenStudio Software
OpenStudio is a cross-platform (Windows, Mac, and Linux) collection of software tools to support whole building energy modeling.

Training and Workshops

Solar Energy International
Features information about its hands-on workshops and online courses in solar building technologies.


Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Provides information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.