Passive Solar Buildings – Fun and useful too!

October 21, 2008 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

A lot has been said in the mainstream news, on blogs and in many other places about photo voltaic solar panels and the good things they may someday supply.  However there is another type of solar building technology that deserves some recognition and that is the old fashioned use of solar energy, sunlight to create comfortable living environments year round.

I have a couple of excellent examples of this. The first is the Glengariffe  Passive Solar House ( The site has a thorough explanation of the concepts and the study.

Excerpt: : “The Glengariffe Passive Solar House has a South facing Conservatory that supplies 45% of the heating requirement for the house. It was monitored throughout the entire year of 2005, and data of more then 50 sensors was collected at five-minute intervals. The Active Solar House was used to study the effect of a sunspace (or conservatory) on the performance of the entire building.

The second is courtesy of and is an article about Naturhaus, Sweden.  This house is built inside of a greenhouse. Talk about protecting your garden from those northern winters!

Excerpt: “The house-in-a-greenhouse probably wouldn’t play very well in say, Arizona, where enclosing your house in glass shell would be folly. But Bengt Warne, a Swedish architect, starting designing what he called the Naturhus (Nature House) in 1976 to work with Scandinavian nature. Warne put up his own Naturhus before he died in 2006, but two other Swedish families have now designed their own versions of an enclosed house.

The article can be found here:

Both of these are amazing examples of design ingenuity.  I hope that in the race to generate our energy needs from alternative energy sources we don’t overlook the benefits that good design can add to the overall end product.

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