Hierarchy of Site Elements - Sun vs Topography


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    Marina Curac

    Interesting question. I would say that if you encounter a situation or location in which topography and solar exposure contradict each other or go against each other, you are either overthinking (like in this case with G), or you are not looking at the correct location. I'm pretty sure NCARB won't throw at you such trick. When it comes to determining building's location according to sun and topography, there are some general truths to remember. For NCARB they are all equally important.
    1) Do not ever orient your building north-south (that's what G is doing). Ideally you want east-west with a little angle towards east, depending on your climate.
    2) Following contour lines will be desirable from drainage perspective, and it can help with the construction cost
    3) If you have to build on a slope (crossing topo lines), make sure that slope is not too big (many resources give you good reference numbers).
    I hope this helps :)

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