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    Default An Article in USA about Passive Solar Houses

    todays issue of USA has an article on Passive Solar Houses from Germany that use up to 90 percent less energy.
    Construction cost is about 8% higher than regular construction
    They use triple pane glass and 12 inch thich walls and ceilings.
    Everthing is constructed very tight and well insulated
    A box shape is essential for best function and construction cost
    There are only a few in the USA at this time with
    12 more under construction in the US that are certified passive

    The certification process cost about 1000 dollars --- what a rip!

    of course energy saving will be relative to climate and many factors
    Payback for investment is 7 or 8 years as opposed to 30 with solar panels

    We are building a modified version... we couldnt get triple pane glass
    and we put in a few extra windows due to our spectacular views

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    Default Re: An Article in USA about Passive Solar Houses

    G'day Arrowwind,

    Sounds interesting. Do you have an online link to the article?

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    Default Re: An Article in USA about Passive Solar Houses

    You have a wonderful passive solar system in the US called the PAHS system (Passive Annual Heat Storage). Its the best one I've come across.

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    Default Re: An Article in USA about Passive Solar Houses

    These are worth a watch to get up to speed:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Prx6r...0Gc1QbRV6fA%3D
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    Default Re: An Article in USA about Passive Solar Houses

    I was beginning to feel that old-fashioned-free-energy was passé here on Avalon.
    It was reassuring to see that at least Carmen is aware of 'PAHS'...
    My nephew lists some interesting perspectives on the earlier-similarities through history:
    http://fugadeideas.org/paccs/
    PAHS has inspired lower cost approaches to the idea of annualizing heat or coolness both.
    I got into this decades after my wife planted too many shrubs and trees next to house.
    Preventing an effort to upgrade, (by uprooting shrubs, etc.).
    But finally did build-test a small greenhouse which actually did produce through winter.
    Uninsulated green house near to it just suspended growth through cold season.
    http://harmoniouspalette.com/EyelidG...reenhouse.html
    I spent a while cobbling together a Free-HVAC concept:

    http://harmoniouspalette.com/CostFre...cientHVAC.html
    Last edited by wavydome; 20th March 2012 at 11:58.

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