PASSIVE SOLAR DESIGNS
Passive solar design refers to the use of the sun’s energy for the heating and cooling of living spaces. In this approach, the building itself or some element of it takes advantage of natural energy characteristics in materials and air created by exposure to the sun. Passive systems are simple, have few moving parts, and require minimal maintenance and require no mechanical systems.
Operable windows, thermal mass, and thermal chimneys are common elements found in passive design. Operable windows are simply windows that can be opened. Thermal mass refers to materials such as masonry and water that can store heat energy for extended time. Thermal mass will prevent rapid temperature fluctuations. Thermal chimneys create or reinforce the effect hot air rising to induce air movement for cooling purposes. Shenandoah Energy Services can provide any or all of the following: Design, Project Management or Construction.
The goal of energy efficiency is to reduce the amount of energy required to provide the living condition or service.
Energy that comes from resources that can be replenished i.e. Sunlight, wind, water. The interesting thing about sunlight and wind is that my use of it does not reduce your use of it. Electrical is the most efficient form of energy and solar is a direct conversion to electrical power.