Passive solar heating in the Wirral

Passive solar heating in the Wirral

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Credit: MARTIN BOND/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bungalows with solar space heating. The south face of the structure incorporates a brick inner wall (painted dark to improve absorbtion of heat) and an outer glass facade seperated by an air gap. The inner wall absorbs sunlight & heats up, so warming the air in the gap. The presence of vents at the top & bottom of the inner wall allow a convection current to circulate air between the gap and the living area; warm air passes into the house at the top while cooler air is drawn into the gap at the bottom. Notice how the need for a large energy collector has influenced the profile of the house. The bungalows are part of a sheltered housing scheme at Acorn Close, Bebbington, the Wirral, UK.

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Keywords: domestic, environmentally friendly green, facade, heating, industry, renewable energy, solar, solar power, sun, technology

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