a water trombe wall combined with a dual purpose solar + stack ventilation chimney, with mechanically controlled vents, for an attached passive greenhouse/conservatory that also heats/cools the home, circulates air, and lets light and fresh air in

a water trombe wall combined with a dual purpose solar + stack ventilation chimney, with mechanically controlled vents, for an attached passive greenhouse/conservatory that also heats/cools the home, circulates air, and lets light and fresh air in

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Use brick under earthen floor for thermal mass... clever. There are lots of discarded bricks at the tip.

Use brick under earthen floor for thermal mass... clever. There are lots of discarded bricks at the tip.

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Basics of Passive Solar Design -- Let the Sun Heat You House!
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Passive House Basics - the passive house design is predicated on having an airtight, super-insulated building envelope.  Then you add big windows facing south to allow the sun to warm a large interior wall (or thermal mass they call it).  The wall will hold heat for winter time comfort.  For summer time you add a screening / shading system for those windows, preferably outside with an open air space between window and shade.

Passive House Basics - the passive house design is predicated on having an airtight, super-insulated building envelope. Then you add big windows facing south to allow the sun to warm a large interior wall (or thermal mass they call it). The wall will hold heat for winter time comfort. For summer time you add a screening / shading system for those windows, preferably outside with an open air space between window and shade.

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❧ solar performance diagrams (summer | winter... day | night) found with passive solar design basics article at http://newavenuehomes.com/estate/project/664/

❧ solar performance diagrams (summer | winter... day | night) found with passive solar design basics article at http://newavenuehomes.com/estate/project/664/

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Masonry heater. Takes only a few sticks of wood and heats for a day or two. And never needs chimney sweep.

Masonry heater. Takes only a few sticks of wood and heats for a day or two. And never needs chimney sweep.

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Epic Greenhouse Rocket Mass Heater - The 2-inch insulation board has be laid in on the floor of the thermal-mass trench, 3-4 inches of gravel added, and now the pipe has been assembled with a single screw holding each 2-foot section of pipe together. Remember, we are maintaining the 8″ flue pipe dimension (50+ square inches) throughout the entire system.

Epic Greenhouse Rocket Mass Heater - The 2-inch insulation board has be laid in on the floor of the thermal-mass trench, 3-4 inches of gravel added, and now the pipe has been assembled with a single screw holding each 2-foot section of pipe together. Remember, we are maintaining the 8″ flue pipe dimension (50+ square inches) throughout the entire system.

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