The Best-Shaped House For Every Climate in the U.S. and Tips For Optimizing Sustainability

Climate is one of the biggest factors of human physical comfort and sustainability, and it's one of the most important considerations in the design of a home, especially in terms of its siting and form.
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In the United States, we have four basic climate types that demonstrate the typical characteristics of precipitation, humidity, and temperature in specific regions. These four main groups are hot-arid (think desert-like areas like Arizona), hot-humid (places like Miami and the southeastern United States), temperate (Washington, DC and much of the Mid-Atlantic region), and cold (imagine northern Michigan or Alaska). 

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