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Passive solar space heating

L. Finocchiaro, L. Georges,  and A.G. Hestnes     Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Abstract

Passive houses, which emerged in response to the need to reduce space heating demands in European residential buildings, are generally characterized by the use of superinsulated envelopes and properly dimensioned passive solar heating systems. In lightweight buildings solar heat input may result in an inhomogeneous temperature distribution and thus create an uncomfortable environment. Building typologies such as office buildings hardly require, for most of the year, more heat than is provided by internal loads. The technological development of highly stringent envelopes is making it possible to ...

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