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Passive Solar Buildings

Cover Image Copyright Year: 2008
Author(s): J. Douglas Balcomb
Publisher: MIT Press
Content Type : Books & eBooks
Topics: Power, Energy, & Industry Applications
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Abstract

This companion to Passive Cooling and Solar Building Architecture (volumes 8 and 9) describes developments in passive solar technology that will save time, energy, and resources in planning for the buildings of the future. It is filled with tips and useful research for architects and designers and includes three substantial chapters on general modeling."Passive solar heating works. Properly designed and constructed, it is cost-effective, practical, comfortable, and aesthetic." Balcomb's introductory remarks set the tone for the rest of the contributions, which describe the considerable record of achievements in passive solar heating. Balcomb summarizes and evaluates the era between 1976 and 1983 when most of the major developments took place and highlights the design features that have contributed to effective buildings.Three chapters cover modeling passive systems (applicable to both heating and cooling), and six chapters focus on the application of passive solar heating, with emphasis on components, analytical results for specific systems, test modules, subsystem integration into buildings, performance monitoring and results, and design tools.J. Douglas Balcomb is a Principal Engineer with the Solar Energy Research Institute.

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      Front Matter

      Page(s): i - ix
      Copyright Year: 2008

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Half Title, Solar Heat Technologies: Fundamentals and Applications, Title, Copyright, Contents, Series Foreword, Acknowledgments View full abstract»

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      Introduction

      Page(s): 1 - 37
      Copyright Year: 2008

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Scope and Content, Overview of Passive Solar Heating, Passive Systems Analysis, Passive Solar Heating, References View full abstract»

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      Building Solar Gain Modeling

      Page(s): 39 - 109
      Copyright Year: 2008

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Solar Radiation at the Earth's Surface, Local Solar Radiation Geometry, Local Solar Radiation Estimation, External Shading and Reflection, Simplified Methods—Sun Charts, Glazings, Internal Factors, Solar Absorption on Opaque External Surfaces, Efficient Computation, Summary, Acknowledgment, References View full abstract»

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      Simulation Analysis

      Page(s): 111 - 179
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Scope of Chapter, Thermal Network Modeling, Heat Storage Modeling, Heat Transfer Algorithms, Frequency Domain Methods, Notes, References View full abstract»

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      Simplified Methods

      Page(s): 181 - 197
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      This chapter contains sections titled: Scope of Chapter, Correlation Methods, Supplemental Simplified Methods, Other Methods, References View full abstract»

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      Materials and Components

      Page(s): 199 - 234
      Copyright Year: 2008

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Residential Glazings, Office and Commercial Glazings, Movable Window Insulation, Thermal Storage, Conclusion, References View full abstract»

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      Analytical Results for Specific Systems

      Page(s): 235 - 292
      Copyright Year: 2008

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Scope of Chapter, Building Variables, Types of Results, Performance Results—Auxiliary Heat, Performance Results—Backup Heating Demand, Performance Results—Thermal Comfort, References View full abstract»

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      Test Modules

      Page(s): 293 - 329
      Copyright Year: 2008

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Types of Modules, Instrumentation, Test Module Facilities, Conclusions, References View full abstract»

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      Building Integration

      Page(s): 331 - 398
      Copyright Year: 2008

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Scope of Chapter, Passive Subsystems: Definition and Description of Building Integration Goals, Residential Building Integration, Commercial Building Integration, Future Direction, References View full abstract»

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      Performance Monitoring and Results

      Page(s): 399 - 483
      Copyright Year: 2008

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Introduction, Monitoring Methods, Monitoring Programs, Recent Monitoring Activities, Summary, References View full abstract»

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      Design Tools

      Page(s): 485 - 514
      Copyright Year: 2008

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      This chapter contains sections titled: Conceptual Tools, Sun Charts, Rules of Thumb, Advanced Daylighting Design Tools, Tools for Estimating Thermal Performance, Tools for Estimating Thermal Comfort, Comprehensive Tools, Future Directions, References View full abstract»

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      Contributors

      Page(s): 515 - 521
      Copyright Year: 2008

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      This companion to Passive Cooling and Solar Building Architecture (volumes 8 and 9) describes developments in passive solar technology that will save time, energy, and resources in planning for the buildings of the future. It is filled with tips and useful research for architects and designers and includes three substantial chapters on general modeling."Passive solar heating works. Properly designed and constructed, it is cost-effective, practical, comfortable, and aesthetic." Balcomb's introductory remarks set the tone for the rest of the contributions, which describe the considerable record of achievements in passive solar heating. Balcomb summarizes and evaluates the era between 1976 and 1983 when most of the major developments took place and highlights the design features that have contributed to effective buildings.Three chapters cover modeling passive systems (applicable to both heating and cooling), and six chapters focus on the application of passive solar heating, with emphasis on components, analytical results for specific systems, test modules, subsystem integration into buildings, performance monitoring and results, and design tools.J. Douglas Balcomb is a Principal Engineer with the Solar Energy Research Institute. View full abstract»

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      Index

      Page(s): 523 - 534
      Copyright Year: 2008

      MIT Press eBook Chapters

      This companion to Passive Cooling and Solar Building Architecture (volumes 8 and 9) describes developments in passive solar technology that will save time, energy, and resources in planning for the buildings of the future. It is filled with tips and useful research for architects and designers and includes three substantial chapters on general modeling."Passive solar heating works. Properly designed and constructed, it is cost-effective, practical, comfortable, and aesthetic." Balcomb's introductory remarks set the tone for the rest of the contributions, which describe the considerable record of achievements in passive solar heating. Balcomb summarizes and evaluates the era between 1976 and 1983 when most of the major developments took place and highlights the design features that have contributed to effective buildings.Three chapters cover modeling passive systems (applicable to both heating and cooling), and six chapters focus on the application of passive solar heating, with emphasis on components, analytical results for specific systems, test modules, subsystem integration into buildings, performance monitoring and results, and design tools.J. Douglas Balcomb is a Principal Engineer with the Solar Energy Research Institute. View full abstract»