Solar orientation. “My parents were looking at a lot on a pond in Florida,” said Hirsch. “I told them if they bought on the other side of the pond, they could have the sun at their backs while they sat on their porch, instead of glare from the pond.”
Solar orientation varies by climate, he added. “In a warm climate, you want your living area in the shade. In a cold climate, you welcome the sun,” Hirsch said.