Temperate climates have cold winters and hot summers. Buildings generally require winter heating and summer cooling, especially if the climate is humid. Temperate climates are found between 35 degrees and 45 degrees latitude, in Washington, DC, for example. South-facing walls are maximized in a building designed for a temperate region. Summer shade is provided for exposures on the east and west and over the roof. Deciduous shade trees that lose their leaves in the winter help to protect the building from sun in hot weather and allow the winter sun through. The building's design encourages air movement in hot weather while protecting against cold winter winds (Fig. 2-3).
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