Architectural Design for Cold Climates - Cold and very cold climates present several challenges for home building. In the cold and very cold climates, houses must be nimble in response to changing temperature and moisture conditions.
Architectural Design for Hot-Dry and Mixed- Dry Climate Zones - The hot-dry and mixed-dry climates are dominated by cooling rather than heating needs. Avoiding summer cooling is more important than encouraging solar gains for winter heating. Planners should do all they can to avoid the entry of solar energy into houses in summer.
Architectural Design for the Mixed-Humid Climate Zone - The mixed-humid climate stretches from New York City to Oklahoma and from the Mid-Atlantic to the Midwest. This climate touches on four other climate zones, hot-humid, hot-dry, mixed-hot and cold. Housing types vary greatly throughout this climate.
Architectural Design for Hot & Humid Climate Zones - Housing types vary greatly throughout the different climate zones, but nowhere is the contrast as great as in the hot-humid climate of the southern United States. In many parts of Florida, block wall assemblies predominate, whereas wood frame is most common in Texas.