Passive Cooling Ideas For The Southeast
HVAC; Buildings; Passive Solar
A passively cooled home is one which is kept relatively comfortable through natural means. Homeowners in the Southeast have been using passive building techniques in order to live more comfortably during hot, humid seasons since the early 1900's. The concept of designing for minimum use of artificial cooling and heating systems is not new, but with the advent of sophisticated mechanical air-conditioning and heating systems and the availability of inexpensive fossil fuels in the '40s and '50s, builders began bypassing passive techniques. Too many of today's homes are designed with more concern about accomodating a mechanical conditioning system than with natural or passive cooling techniques, and as energy costs rise we are again faced with the need to "go passive."
Buildings - HVAC; Passive Solar
Florida Solar Energy Center and Beck, Chris, "Passive Cooling Ideas For The Southeast" (1983). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 1312.