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Solar Gain in Passive Solar Homes

As with all forms of solar power – solar thermal, PV panels, solar chimneys and others – the amount and quality of sunlight to which a home is exposed is extremely important in holistic home design. Read more »

Pros and Cons of Direct Gain Passive Solar Homes

Direct gain passive solar homes have many advantages and disadvantages compared to other approaches. Historically, the first direct gain homes were often a complete mess, because the designers had Read more »

Passive Solar Homes Glass-To-Thermal-Mass Ratios

If you're designing a direct gain passive solar home, you will need to maintain a careful balance between two vital parts: the amount of glazing on each side of the house and the amount of thermal Read more »

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Active and Passive Solar Space Heating
Air-Based Solar Thermal Space Heating

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Backup Heating for Passive Solar Homes

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Can I Integrate a Forced-Air Heating System with Solar Thermal?
Choosing Backup Boilers and Furnaces
Control Systems for Air-Based Space Heating
Controls for an Integrated Forced-Air and Solar Thermal Setup
Controls for an Integrated Hydronic and Solar Thermal Setup
Convection Heating at Home
Cool Your Home Without Central Air

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Diversion Loads in Solar Thermal Space Heating
Do We Have Enough Fuel For The Future?
Drainback Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems with Storage
Drainback Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems Without Storage

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Forced-Air Backup Heating Systems Pros and Cons
Fossil Fuels – The Real Cost

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Heat Load Analysis - Heating Degree Days
Heating with a Wood Furnace
Heating your Home with Wood
High Mass Solar Thermal Space Heating
High Mass Solar Thermal Space Heating Layout
How Heat is Delivered to a Living Space
How Much Firewood is Needed to Heat Your Home?
How to Calculate Pex Length for Radiant Heating
How to Choose the Right Thermal Wall Design
How to Lay Pex Tubes in a Concrete Slab for Radiant Heating
How to Lay Pex Tubes in a Sand Bed for Radiant Heating
How to Prepare Pex Tubes for Radiant Heating
How to Recover Heat from your Wood Stove
How to Reduce Your Home's Internal Heat Gain
How to Set Up a Storage Tank for Solar Thermal Space Heating
How to Size a Solar Thermal Space Heating Collector Array
How to Size a Solar Thermal Space Heating System
How to Size an Air-Based Solar Thermal Heating System
How to Use Thermal Trombe Walls Properly
How to Vent Thermal Trombe Walls

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Indirect Gain Passive Solar Homes
Integrating Solar Thermal and Grid-Tied Heating
Integrating Solar Thermal Space Heating with Hydronic Systems

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Layout Patterns for Radiant Floor Tubing
Liquid-Based Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems Without Storage
Liquid-Based Solar Thermal Systems for Space Heating
Living with High-Mass Space Heating

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Multiple Storage Tanks in Solar Space Heating

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Non-Integrated Solar Thermal Heating Systems

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Passive Solar Homes Glass-To-Thermal-Mass Ratios
Planning Your Solar Thermal Installation
Pressurized Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems with Storage
Pressurized Solar Thermal Space Heating Systems Without Storage
Pros and Cons of Direct Gain Passive Solar Homes
Pros and Cons of Masonry Heaters
Pros and Cons of Sunspaces
Pros and Cons of Trombe Thermal Walls

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Radiant and Circulating Wood Stoves
Regional Adjustments for Direct Solar Gain
Renewable Fuels for Heating

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Shading Considerations for Solar Thermal Collectors
Solar Energy Heating and Cooling
Solar Gain in Passive Solar Homes
Solar Thermal Radiant Floor Heating Adjustment
Solar Thermal Space Heating Basics
Storage Tanks for Solar Thermal Space Heating

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Types of Air-Based Solar Thermal Space Heating

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Using Thermal Mass for Cooling

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Wall-Mounted Space Heaters
What is a Wood Pellet Stove?
What is Active Solar Heating?
What is Passive Solar Heating ?
Wood as Fuel - Renewable Energy