We built a new pergola on the north side of the house last year, and planted two grapevines.
This year they have started growing high enough to cover the pergola’s horizontal structure -I reckon they will achieve this in a couple of weeks, just in time for the height of our Perth summer. It is such a gorgeous green screen! The view from inside the house is fantastic -and we get grapes as well.
The thing is, we have known for years that a pergola on the north side, with a deciduous vine, would be a good idea for passive cooling in our climate, and for letting winter sun inside. Yet it took us years to get it all together – I guess we were focussed on other things.
I would be interested to know what other kinds of passive cooling you are achieving at your place -so that you don’t need air conditioning all the time.
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