Passive solar energy

Advocates of passive solar design have been around for many decades and the prize-winning schemes in a European competition for passive solar housing mounted in 1980 show that the technology has not advanced significantly since that time. However, the intensification of the global warming debate has led to increasing pressure to design buildings which make maximum use of free solar gains for heating, cooling and lighting. This will be considered in detail in later chapters.

Because it displaces the use of fossil fuel it is estimated that passive solar design could lead to a reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) amounting to 3.5 million tonnes per year in the UK alone by the year 2025 (DOE Energy Paper 60).

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