THE PASSIVE SOLAR HOUSE USING SOLAR DESIGN TO COOL AND HEAT YOUR HOME 2ND EDITION JAMES KACHADORIAN
Passive Solar Home Design | Department of Energy
The most common isolated-gain passive solar home design is a sunspace that can be closed off from the house with doors, windows, and other operable openings. Also known as a sunroom, solar room, or solarium, a sunspace can be included in a new home design or added to an existing home.
Passive Solar House Design Basics — Orientation, Design
Solar Orientation — Accounting For Latitude; Insolation Levels, & Sun-PathInsulation & Weatherization in Passive Solar HomesOther Passive Solar Building ElementsPassive Solar Home MaterialsWe’ll start off our discussion here of passive solar home design elements by focusing on the most important one — building with the solar orientation, insolation levels, and local sun path in mind (so as to minimize heating and cooling energy needs) designing a passive solar house or building from the ground up one needs to make especial note of: the position of the sun in the sky at various times of year; the path that the sun takes through the sky during the day (the sun-path); and tot..See more on cleantechnicaWhile effective insulation and good weatherization is important in any home (if you don’t want high energy bills, that is), it’s especially important in passive solar homes — as the intent is to rely upon solar heat gain completely, or nearly so. The reality is that poorly done weatherization (creating high rates of air infiltration and loss) is the primary reason for heat loss during winter (and coolness loss during summer) other words, if you want to greatly cut down on your energy bills..See more on cleantechnicaOther than these basic design elements (and others not discussed), passive solar buildings often incorporate: solar water heating systems; attached greenhouses or sunrooms; removable sun shades and window quilts; and appropriate landscaping regard to solar water heating systems, the tech is pretty widely known at this point, so I won’t spend too much time on it — I’ll just note, though, that there are both passive solar water heating systems and active solar water heating systems availab..See more on cleantechnicaWhile passive solar homes are often constructed similarly to other well insulated buildings — unless they are earth-sheltered designs, that is — and utilize many of the same building materials, they also rely on applications of these materials that are somewhat different than in conventional designs particular, the use of large amounts of building materials that can function as thermal mass is notable — whether stone, concrete, brick, adobe, etc. (Water can also be used as thermal mass in..See more on cleantechnica