By Kathleen Brown

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Since gaining warmth from winter sun is less important in these regions, planting large trees south of the house is less problematic and usually a good idea. If these trees will interfere with solar gain from a roof-mounted solar array, consider using a ground-mounted array (see Chapter 17). ACtIOn: shade south-facing Windows and Walls In temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, the midday sun shines from due south at an angle about 75° to 80° above the horizon. The sun’s rays at this time are nearly vertical, and stronger than at any other time of the day.

The energy that fuels this process comes in part from the heat of the surrounding air, resulting in lower air temperatures. To make the most of this free cooling effect, we need only to keep our landscapes full of vegetation: the more and the larger the better (within the limits of regional rainfall and soil conditions). The second strategy for cooling the air is to take advantage of wind and breezes. This can be accomplished by understanding the direction of prevailing winds and placing objects in the landscape to funnel those winds toward our living spaces.

1: Trees near a house will shade the building and, almost equally important, they’ll cool the air above, below and all around them. 35 36 | ENERGY-WISE LANDSCAPE DESIGN into oxygen and carbohydrates. They then use these carbohydrates to produce cellulose and other building materials, which in turn give each plant its form. This is photosynthesis. Much of this miraculous process takes place in a plant’s leaves. In the leaves is also where transpiration happens. Small pores on a leaf ’s surface (stomata) open during daylight hours to take in carbon dioxide from the surrounding air and to release oxygen.

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