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Passive Solar Design Is Changing In the face of New Technology and a Changing Climate

Passive Solar Design Is Changing In the face of New Technology and a Changing Climate

© Not much has changed in 65 years: Frank Lloyd Wright Does Passive Solar Alex Wilson of BuildingGreen has been playing with renewable energy and solar design for longer than he would probably like to admit. He writes about the mid-seventies , when he learned about passive solar design: Those were heady times. We were at the leading edge of the future of energy design. We imagined, in our youthful idealism, that within ten years all new houses would be oriented on East-West axes and rely on south-facing windows and thermal mass for heating. Then came Ronald Reagan, who famously ripped Jimmy Carter's solar panels off the roof of the White House , and interest in green design was relegated to niche status for almost two decades. Now that green design has expanded from niche to specialty, what's changed? For one thing, insulation. Alex writes in Environmental Building News (b...

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