Passive solar use in Ontario

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Passive solar use in Ontario This brief essay aims to discuss the potential of passive solar design in Ontario. The topic is approached by first examining a few factors that influence the design of passive solar systems, including major factors, trade-offs, challenges and advantages. Ultimately, after a wholesome and rounded examination of these factors, the potential for passive solar use in Ontario against northern Canadian territories is discussed while keeping the various design trade-offs in mind. One of the most important factors to consider in the design of passive solar systems is the sizing of the south facing windows. Larger window sizes come with better heat gain due to the greater surface area that allows in the solar radiation. However, the same reason also leads to greater heat loss from the interior [1]. Another important design factor that involves some level of optimization for trade-offs is the control part of the design. The design for shading the windows depends on a variety of factors, some of which include geographical location and local weather. This is important because although the sun is at the same altitude in the six weeks before and after the solstices, the temperatures are relatively different due to the thermal lag experienced from the thermal mass of the earth [2]. The greatest advantage of a passive solar system is it’s ability to offset energy costs. Instead of working
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