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jesse dylan
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Hey everyone, just wondering if anyone knows of any house design resources for tricky sites?
For example a north, northwester slope (northern hemisphere). Haven't been able to find much in the way of actual designs/information about, or permaculture designs done on, this type of terrain. Any direction would be appreciated.
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There are many many resources! But no idea what to suggest, if we don't what kind of climate or location you've got. Are you in a place with mostly heating  needs, or cooling needs, or something else? Cloudy or sunny climate? Damp or dry?
 
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Hey there. Fair call about the climate. 1600m asl, dry winter, wet summer, "tropical zoned", northern hemisphere, clay and stone, bottom half of a small moithain.
The thing is the direction of the slope. I have seem a lot of permaculture sites and also designs/photos of sites but not a lot requiring a kind of double exposure like this.
Most emaples of well designed houses also happen to have perfect sun exposure, but this is not achievable for me as my slope continues the length of this site north - Northwest.
If this is a bit tricky to follow I can take advice on how to make better posts.
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Hi Jesse,
You still didn't say what your heating or cooling needs are. If you're in the tropics and have a dry winter, I would hazard a guess that you don't have an extreme heating need in the winter. In that case, you might get enough warmth in winter from just a thermal-massy earthen building (eg adobe), and maybe a lightweight removeable woodstove for backup heat for a few chilly nights a year. If your heavier needs are on the cooling needs side, then you're probably in good shape anyway.

A house across the river from our south-facing school is on a north-facing slope, but I always notice that even in winter it is not shaded but the hill, so if someone were to try to make it solar-heated, it would be possible to get solar heat gain at least on the upper story. So north-facing doesn't always mean no solar gain. It depends on the degree of the slope, and what actual things are to the south shading the site.

Permaculture doesn't necessarily require a perfect sun-facing exposure. It depends on your heating and cooling needs! If you're in the tropics the sun is somewhat overhead most of the time and N-S make less difference.

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Hey Rebecca, and all.
Yes, sorry I didn't not mention alotof details, as i didn't want to rattle on.
Your pretty much spot on with heating and cooling here.
It's at 20° lat.
Year round the temp is workable.
I don't doubt Permacultures capabilities, I am just looking for some of these example.
You mentioned a north facing site in your  reply which was helpful. Thank you.
My site also does not receive much shade from 'its mountain '.

The percentage of the property that is down slope, access/views and energy flows (winds, animals ,water and so on.) Are further forward in my thoughts, as you mentioned, sun is not an scarces resource.
In short.
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Great, if your heating needs aren't very much and sun is plentiful, you may be able to keep your house comfortable with thermal mass.

What are your goals for the land and buildings? What's your place like? People here might enjoy helping you discuss the possibilities if we knew what your situation was.
 
jesse dylan
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Hey-a.
No doubt a bunch of people would enjoy discussing and helping out.
At the minute I am still looking for examples of, or information about double exposured building sites.
I will keep looking, maybe a visual explanation might help. I am from the south (hemisphere) and live in the north (hemisphere, not usa) with a different language and culture so sometimes phasing and terms get lost in the Frey.
 
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