Passive solar design: five quick thumbnail diagrams

Passive solar heating refers to using solar energy to heat the interior space of a building without relying on mechanical devices that additional energy. Passive solar systems rely instead on the natural heat transfer processes of the condition, convention, and radiation for the collection, storage, distribution, and control of solar energy.

Based on the relationship between the sun, the interior space, and the heat collection system, there are five ways in which passive solar heating can be accomplished: direct gain, indirect gain, sunspace, roof pond, and isolated gain.

Read thumbnails in the following order: 1 direct gain, 2 indirect gain, 3 sun-space, 4 roof pond, and 5 isolated gain.

 


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