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

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Passive Cooling Techniques Diagram

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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