Passive solar techniques have been used for generations to make a building more comfortable. The architects at Green Ridge Builders make passive solar a priority in each of our home designs. A well-designed home that incorporates passive solar can effectively minimize solar heating in the summer and maximize it in the winter. The home itself is used to collect, store, and distribute heat during the winter, and keep the house cool in the summer by discarding excess heat. Heating and cooling occur naturally, thus reducing the load on the mechanical and electrical systems.