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Some components of shelters are good for when it's cold outside (windows angled for solar gain), and some things are better for the winter, like small rooms and thick walls. Because of these fundamental points I see sustainable architecture going in two separate directions. (for places with hot summers and cold winters)

  1. The first path is to focus on shelter components that help in both the winter and summer (ie. underground shelters are warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer)
  2. The second path is to have two separate shelters, one for the summer designed to be cool, and one for the winter, designed to be warm. During the spring you would move into the summer shelter, and during the autumn you would move into the winter shelter. which ever shelter is not being used for that season, becomes storage space.

Chris DeAngelis 01:55, 2 August 2012 (CEST)