How can a school be positioned on its site to take advantage of the path of the sun?
In the northern hemisphere, the path of the sun in the sky is higher in the summer and at it highest point at the summer solstice on June 21, the first day of summer. The path of the sun in the sky is lower in the winter and at its lowest point at the winter solstice on December 21, the first day of winter. Architects and engineers use sun path diagrams (see examples below) to help illustrate the path of the sun in our sky. The blue arc indicates the path of the sun in the summer (blue; because buildings typically require cooling in summer months). The red arc indicates the path of the sun in the winter (red; because buildings typically require heating in winter months). The path of the sun is important to consider when designing buildings because architects and engineers want to maximize the positive impact (such as human comfort and energy savings) of sunlight on a building. Use Diagram A, showing the imaginary town of Sunnyville, USA, to answer the questions below. 1. What time is s