Groups are smaller communities within the larger ActiveRain. Join groups created by others. or start your own and
get others to join
This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
Curious as to what others in your profession think about a certain product or tool?
AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
Broken down by categories and subcategories for easy finds
Get an unfiltered look at what real users are saying
Leave a review yourself for others to benefit from
Add new products as you use them and gain points for doing so
ActiveRain University (ARU) provides free on-line training. We coach, consult and support real estate professionals about real estate trends, technology and social media.
ARU Calendar provides class types and registration links
Watch short tutorials on updating your photo, inserting a hyperlink and much more
Sign up for the Daily Drop so you don't miss out on AR's daily happenings
Find answers to most FAQ's
Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
Brand, off the wall, specific subject matters…whatever it is you're looking for.
Each time you write a post you can syndicate your post to 5 groups.
And if by chance you don't find what you're looking for, start a new group today!
Get your content in front of more eyes
Search by location or type
Feel free to start your own group
Find some that are close to home and close to heart
Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
Ask a question yourself to get help
These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
How Can Passive Solar Elements Be Included in Your New Home?
A passive solar home can obtain some or even all of it's heating and cooling from the sun, using a variety of materials and construction concepts.
Does a Passive Solar home use solar panels?
A Passive Solar home uses the windows, walls, and floor to collect heat in the winter and reject heat in the summer. Solar photovoltaic power can be added, but is not required for a home to be defined as "passive solar".
A Passive Solar home can be almost entirely heated by the sun, or can simply have south-facing windows that provide some fraction of the home's heat.
What are the Five Basic Passive Solar Principles?
1. Orientation - Passive Solar Homes
Just remember - it's warmer in the South. Making sure a home is facing towards the south is very important in a passive solar design. A passive solar home is also designed to be "longer", stretching from east to west, in order to take more advantage of the sun.
Garages, laundry rooms, and other "lower usage" rooms are often placed on the east or west side of the home. The kitchen is often placed on the northern side of the home, as it generates it's own heat. And large, commonly used living spaces are placed on the south side of the home.
2. Overhangs and Shading - Passive Solar Homes
Shade is used to keep sun OFF the windows in the summer, and ON the windows in the winter. Remember, the sun is high overhead in the summer, but follows a lower, southern arc in the winter.
Trees, vines, shrubs, and other landscaping can also help keep the home cool in summer. And window coverings are very important to keep heat out in the warm weather - including skylight covers!
3. Insulation - Passive Solar Homes
Insulation helps keep heat IN on cold days, and OUT on warm days. The right kind of insulation is doubly important in a passive solar home.
Consider an all-inclusive systems approach to insulation like Energy Wise. No matter what type of insulation is used, proper installation is very important.
4. Windows - Passive Solar Homes
Windows are an important part of solar design. A correctly designed passive solar home will include the majority of windows on the south side of the home, to collect that important winter heat. However, too many windows can prevent the home from staying cool in the summer!
Remember those window shades and covers too. In a passive solar home, insulated window coverings are worth the investment.
5. Thermal Mass - Passive Solar Homes
Sit on a brick wall during the summer - it's warm, right? Materials like brick, stone, tile, and concrete collect heat, but also work well to distribute heat (or cool) temperatures throughout the day and night.
A well-designed thermal mass can include a large stone or brick fireplace, a thick concrete floor (called a Solar Slab), tile or brick flooring, or even a masonry or concrete wall.
Copyright 2009 Stanton Homes. All information current as of posting date.
Finding Your New Home in the Raleigh Area
Stanton Homes makes it easy! We'll guide you through the entire process - select from thousands of different floor plans, and hundreds of different locations, with a focus on new custom homes in the upper $200s to the $500s. Custom design build options available too!
Call 919-278-8070 or visit www.StantonHomes.com to find out more about new homes in the Raleigh area today.
Articles copyright Stanton Homes 2006-2012. Unauthorized use is not permitted. Provided for informational purposes only, no claims are made by Stanton Homes regarding the validity of any statements. Please note: all listing information per MLS, and current as of posting date. Information subject to change. Stanton Homes does not make claims to ownership of any lot listings, but can work with homebuyers to purchase available lots and build. Home plans to be approved on an individual basis, subject to neighborhood restrictive covenants and lot restrictions. Ask for further information regarding any community, lot or floor plan. Photos represent typical homes and details of each neighborhood, to help highlight different options available in the Raleigh/Triangle area. No claim of ownership is made to homes or land pictured.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.