Passive Solar Design (page 3)

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Author: Cody H.


In the summer test, both houses blocked most of the light and heat from entering the house, proving that in the summer passive solar houses would block heat just as well or better than average houses. However, while in the winter test the normal house only increased by 0 to 1 degrees Celsius, the passive solar house heated up by 3 to 4 degrees Celsius. This test showed the potential energy saving abilities that the house would use in the real world, not including the other, internal techniques that can be put into the house.

Error Statement

The houses weren't exactly the same size and this may have had an effect on the results, but the effect would not be great enough to have changed the general point of the project.

Questions for Further Research

  • Add to the house(insulation, floors, possibly rooms)
  • Go to passive solar houses that exist today and compare the energy consumption to that of a similar sized "cookie cutter" house


Book Sources

Chiras, D. (2007). The Home Owner's Guide to Renewable Energy. Gabriola Island, Canada: New Society Publishers

Strong, S., Scheller, W. (1993). The Solar Electric House. Still River, Massachusetts: Sustainability Press

Kemp, W. (2005). The Renewable Energy Handbook. Ontario, Canada: Aztext Press

Chiras, D. (2002).  The Solar House, Passive Heating and Cooling. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing CO.

Kachadorian, J. (2006). The Passive Solar House. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing CO.

Haun, L. (2002) How to Build a House. Newtown, Connecticut: The Taunton Press

Electronic Sources

The Rahus Institute (2005). Retrieved October 17, 2010. PASSIVE SOLAR. From California Solar Center Website:

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