A Simple Method for Determining the Heating Requirements of Direct-Gain Passive Solar Houses

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TypeArticle
Journal titleBuilding Research Note
ISSN0701-5232
Volume195
Pages16
Subjectsolar energy; solar heating; Heating
AbstractThe need for a simple method for estimating the heating energy requirements of houses is widely recognized. An important aspect of such a method is the ability to estimate the amount of solar energy collected and used to offset heat losses. This note presents a simple method for calculating the heating energy requirements of direct-gain passive solar houses. The method is incorporated into a graphical procedure that can be easily used during the design process to optimize the amounts of south window area and thermal mass storage. It is applicable to the complete range of housing types, from high-mass direct-gain to low-mass sun- tempered. Sample calculations are included.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
IdentifierBRN-195
NRC number3526
NPARC number20375890
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Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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