Generally, it is found that the coastal climate is less severe than that of the inland and is therefore considered preferable for living. Every meteorological zone is unique which must be taken into consideration by architects.
The book collected 11 different locations globally where communities are living by the sea. Each location has its own characteristics, and architects and city planners have to take into consideration the ground position, height above the sea level, and the seasonal climate. In most cases, it is more comfortable to be closer to the sea than away from it, but in some parts of Norway, for example, this was not the case. Building materials can play major part in creating comfort in some locations. The editor recommends fully to treat each location based on its merits and to design a dwelling to be comfortable throughout the year with minimum use of electricity or active energy.