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South side of
the building

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3. Patio

Patio The stone patio, the walls around it and the stone floor inside the school all act as thermal masses. That means they are good stores of heat.

They absorb heat during the day when the sun is shining and give out their stored heat slowly into the evening. They can absorb and store a lot of heat because they require a lot of energy to heat up. The more thermal mass substance there is, the darker the material is in colour and the hotter and sunnier it is, the more they absorb and
store solar energy.