This photo gallery highlights passive solar homes and their features. In the northern hemisphere passive solar buildings are situated so that their windows face the south. This orientation combined with thermal mass, insulation and overhangs are the basics of passive solar design to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
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Links to articles for more information
- The best of the 2011 Solar Decathlon
- Examples of Passive Solar Buildings Throughout HIstory – Including Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon and Greece
- Off the grid Modified Earthship that generates all its electricity
- A Quonset Hut that was retrofitted to be an efficient passive solar house
- Home with a sunroom to help heat the house in the winter
- A passive and active solar log home. It almost achieves net-zero energy in the summer. It’s pretty efficient.
- An old farm house be transformed into a passive solar house
- A modern passive solar house with Trombe walls
- Earthship Biotecture was a concept from Michael Reynolds that uses recycled materials to build a passive solar house
Can a passive solar heater (no solar panels) work on a cloudy day? Not talking about building a new building, but something that would work for an apartment in a 9-story residential building? Would it work on a cold winter day? Where could I find one?
Bought a house with passive solar. Want to change out the tile floors. Can this be done. If so could I use tile that looks like wood?
Tile floors can definitely be changed out. Talk to a professional, or learn how to do it yourself. 🙂
Great blog! I genuinely love how it is easy on my eyes as well as the facts are well written. I have bookmarked your site! Clean Energy is green energy. It will be interesting to see how the design of photovoltaic tile evolves over the next decade.