Over time styles have changed, but good, fundamental house design principles that respond to climate, site and homeowner needs have not. This concept applies worldwide. Investigate and learn from traditional homes that have evolved from centuries of experience.
Climate responsive or climate appropriate design/ climate responsive architecture is discussed in a free 1993 ebook by Swiss authors Paul Gut and Dieter Ackerknecht. This book focuses on appropriate building construction in tropical and subtropical regions. This is an important topic because many times people forget to adapt designs to their specific building conditions.