Stucco walls, a galvanized-metal roof, and concrete floors all contribute to the passive design of the hacienda-inspired Courtyard House. Window-walls and thermal chimney skylights take advantage of western breezes to create natural air-conditioning.
A clever radiant barrier house wrap repels heat and bounces back into the atmosphere in this affordable townhome in Houston, Texas. The wood floors throughout the condos are recycled gym floors from nearby schools.
British architects Sheppard Robson created a vertical void, called a wind catcher, which functions as a low-tech passive cooling system. Originally designed and used in Persian cities, it pulls cool air down from the roof level and disperses a light breeze throughout the home.