1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

October 8, 2008

:282 Solar Orientation

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:282 EcoTip: You can use Google SketchUp with Google Earth to check your current or proposed home’s solar orientation.

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review: :279, :280, :281

Once you have placed your Google SketchUp design for your home on the chosen geographic site in Google Earth, you can check the solar orientation for various times of the day and year to determine the optimum placement and orientation for new construction, or to consider modifications for existing buildings. The software downloads are free at Google Earthand Google SketchUp.

You can find more information about using these programs for determining the best location for solar panels on your building and using SketchUp’s real-time shadow engine to perform a rapid sun-exposure analysis at http://sketchup.google.com/green/solar.html

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1 Comment »

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    Comment by geof fbaker — October 23, 2008 @ 4:55 pm


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