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Passive cooling & heating, I especially like the concept of adding humidity through a conservatory


Passive Cooling Techniques Diagram


A cross-section of a home with a solar chimney is shown. The solar chimney draws replacement air from the cool side of the house. Solar radiation absorbed by a metal absorber with a black selective coating causes high temperatures in the chimney, increasing updraft. Hot air exits the chimney through a rotating turbine at the top. The house-facing side of the chimney is insulated.


A Trombe wall is a passive solar building technique where a wall is built on the winter sun side of a building with a glass external layer and a high heat capacity internal layer separated by a layer of air. Heat in close to UV spectrum passes through the glass almost unhindered then is absorbed by the wall that then re-radiates in the far infrared spectrum which does not pass back through the glass easily, hence heating the inside of the building.


Passive Heating and Cooling The main site has so much neat stuff!!!


Passive cooling - Cooling your house with a heat pump from Thermia


Passive Thermal Cooling. I wonder if it's possible to do something similar for a Tiny House. This is pretty neat for me since my current house plans have a shed roof like this.


passive solar heating/cooling. Even better illustration of passive solar design principles.


To add passive cooling to the house you can utilize what are sometimes called “Geo-coupled thermal tubes”, simple pipes or passages below ground where hot air is cooled before entering the shelter....SO AWESOME!


great passive solar design- I would plant row of deciduous trees in front of glass so that in the winter that could act as a giant trombe wall but be shaded to keep it cool in the summer. Trees that max out at 2 stories would allow south face 3rd level roof to accommodate panels!