Greetings Home Energy Community,
Excited about joining. I just found out GBA published my Cost-Effective Passive Solar Design article. I love feedback especially the critical type. Iam also interested in any other tricks out there that could save construction costs and boost performance for passive solar design.
Thats really good to hear about the triple panes. It seems like I hear it both ways as to their cost-effectiveness. They are really tough to justify in my part of NC. What brand did you use and do you happen to know the SHGC?
You suggest what many have been finding with the issues of radiant in highly efficient homes. Very interesting. I have a project Iam pricing now where the client wants both radiant and Geo. Iam intrigued by your comment suggesting Geo is not good for radiant. We are looking at using the new Bosch geo line and addressing the radiant heat with its own water to water compressor. The Bosch folks are saying this unit will handle over 95% of the heat load.
ORNL has done the most research of the benefits of Thermal mass You may or may not want to duplicate their efforts. They found the ICF mass of little benefit.
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