HW#4 - Dec. 6, 2007 HW #4 There are many ways to make an...

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Dec. 6, 2007 HW #4  There are many ways to make an old home a passive-solar one. A passive solar home includes  at least one of the following features, not necessarily all: aperture, absorber, thermal mass, distribution,  and control.  Lighting Daylighting is simply using natural light instead of artificial to light the interior of a building. A  clerestory, windows near the peak of the roof, is used to light north-facing rooms and upper levels. Having  an open floor plan not only helps warm air to circulate but also allows light to bounce throughout the floor.  Light colors are used when trying to light the house on sunlight because light colors reflect more light. On,  the other hand, clerestory windows in the south-facing walls can let in more sunlight and thus more  warmth in an open floor plan house.  It also helps to have slightly reflective surfaces outside such as with the pavement. This helps  bounce more light inside, but too much can be an annoyance by adding glare. Another reflection method  is using light shelves. These are installed above windows and bounce light to the ceilings inside.  Heating The south side of a building gets the most sunlight, so large, south-facing windows are used in 
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course ARCH-DES 520 taught by Professor Yost during the Fall '07 term at UMass (Amherst).

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HW#4 - Dec. 6, 2007 HW #4 There are many ways to make an...

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