Thermal Mass vs Insulation: Materials Choice

So essentially a house that is well designed with proper materials (including thermal mass vs insulation balance), dimensions, glazing placement, roof overhangs, and orientation will provide you with the exact microclimate you are looking for throughout the entire year with only minimal input of energy to maintain.  I put this in bold because some houses will preform great in the summer in terms of keeping you cool, but in the winter they also keep you cool unfortunately (i.e. the conventional concrete house of Portugal).

Source: Thermal Mass vs Insulation: Materials Choice

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