Sustainable Solar Housing: Volume 1 - Strategies and by S. Robert Hastings, Maria Wall

By S. Robert Hastings, Maria Wall

This far-reaching and authoritative two-volume set examines a number of strength options for low-energy construction layout, contemplating varied options (energy conservation and renewable strength) and applied sciences (relating to the development envelope, air flow, warmth supply, warmth creation, warmth garage, electrical energy and control). power and life-cycle affects are regarded as the most important elements, together with passive and energetic sunlight use, daylighting and excessive potency traditional warmth creation. every one quantity assesses the opportunity of those strategies in a number of contexts, protecting diverse housing varieties (apartment, row and indifferent) in chilly, temperate and delicate climates. The outstanding record of specialist authors from 14 nations contains a mixture of the world over revered lecturers and practitioners, operating jointly in the framework of a five-year foreign strength company (IEA) examine venture. quantity 1 offers recommendations and recommendations, providing the reader a superb foundation for constructing strategies, contemplating environmental and monetary matters for housing initiatives in numerous contexts. quantity 2 bargains a close research of exemplary structures in several eu international locations and examines many of the applied sciences hired to accomplish their outstanding functionality. Aided by way of transparent, complete color illustrations, it bargains necessary insights into the applying of those applied sciences.

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Select window constructions with narrow frames. Light tubes are effective and results are dramatic. Low iron glass increases daylighting by up to 6 per cent. Obviously light colours preferred. Most critical are side walls and floor. Curtains/blinds should be mounted to be pulled clear of glazing in order not to hinder daylight (especially at top of window). 1 Introduction A window is a hole in the insulated envelope of a house that lets heat escape, but light enter. The first property increases heating costs, but the second property affects how quickly a house will sell or be rented, and the quality of life of the future occupants.

Flat-plate collectors have been highly optimized with selective coated absorbers, low iron antireflective coated glazing, durable frames and gaskets, and effective back insulation. Evacuated tube collectors, with their extremely good insulation, can operate at higher temperatures with only very small heat losses. Because the losses are so small, evacuated tube collectors can deliver heat even by very low irradiance levels occurring in winter and during overcast periods. They are thus very suitable for high-performance houses with their shortened heating season.

Monitored data confirm the small but positive passive solar contribution in high-performance housing, even in this case of windows partially shaded by balconies and trees. In northern cold climates passive solar gains do not offset the heat losses, so the window area should be moderated to what is needed for daylighting. Finally, it should not be forgotten that generous window areas, even if they only achieve an energy break-even, can be an important asset regarding daylight, view out and value of the real estate.

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