Passive Solar Adobe
A Passive Solar home uses the Sun's energy as the primary source of heat within the living space. A Passive Solar home has only one moving part: the Sun.
Passive Solar energy is clean and quiet and you don't get a bill for it.
Passive Solar is not a new technology, it has existed for hundreds of years, but, advances in design strategies and the continually rising cost of heating/cooling fuels and building materials combine to make Passive Solar Adobe construction cost-effective.
When properly designed, a Passive Solar home allows the Sun in when you need it to heat your home, it stores some of that heat in the mass (walls and floors) and releases that heat later (at night).
A good design will also block the Sun's heat during the warmer Summer months keeping your home cooler. The use of glass and mass in correct proportion results in a solar efficient home which requires very little additional heating.
Passive Solar Adobe homes have many advantages: substantial savings in fuel costs for heating and cooling, reduced noise levels from exterior sources and decreased risk of loss due to fire or wind damage are among these benefits.
Adobe does tend to be slightly more expensive than some other forms of construction, however increased energy savings over several years can offset this expense.
If you have ever been in an adobe home, you know that it feels like it is there to stay. No one is going to kick these walls out.
Here for an example of
how a Passive Solar home works:
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If Passive Solar adobe is for you, contact LX&R Design and let LX&R design the Passive Solar Adobe home of your dreams !
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