Passive Solar Design Techniques Simplified. A 6 Part Video Lesson

Passive Solar Design Techniques

Design Techniques ( Solar Thermal Magazine ) Every home is solar heated whether we want it to be or not. Using this free heat in a way that makes our lives better and our energy bills lower is what design is all about. Homeowners who learn the techniques of design will be able to realize many benefits, such as:

1- Reduce your energy bills

2- Lessen your dependence on fossils fuels

3- Improve the comfort of your home.

4- Improve the ventilation of your home with benefits to your health.

Most people know that the sun can be used to heat a building, but I would suppose that not many people know that passive solar can be used to cool, light and ventilate a building as well. We have pulled together for the reader all of the videos in this excellent 6 part series on passive solar design techniques for the homeowner from Architect Thomas Doerr. He also has books available on the subject

Here is what you will learn:

1- Overview and definitions – Video 1

2- What are direct gain systems – Video 2

3- Indirect and Isolated gain systems – Video 3

4- Building orientation – Video 4

5- Solar shading

6-Thermal mass

7-Glass type   – Video 5


9-Room arrangement

10- Daylighting

11- Other strategies

12-Case Study – Video 6

Many of the passive solar techniques and technologies do not cost more to implement and can save the homeowner big dollars on expensive HVAC systems.

You may want to bookmark this page as a reference. Enjoy the series and be sure pass it on to your friends.

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  • Great article but your author knows not enough about skylights. He should research alot more about the benefits of these systems in our homes. The skylight market is large enough throughout the world to play a positive role in saving energy. Clive

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