Applying Passive Solar Design To Conventional Homes
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Monday, July 11, 2022
2:30 – 4:30 pm CDT
John F. Robbins CEM/CSDP
Passive solar as a non-electric, non-mechanical way to add heat
Importance of properly sized south-facing windows with access to winter sun
Importance of superior thermal envelope on passive solar
Positives of higher SHGC for south-facing windows
Estimate and compare daily and monthly heat losses with solar heat gains
Roof overhangs and other summer shading for passive solar windows
How passive solar air moves naturally inside a mostly open, uncomplicated floorplan
Differences between direct passive solar gain and indirect gain via a sunspace
Properties of common thermal storage materials in passive solar homes
Why discuss furniture and rug placements with customers?
Common problems HVAC contractors encounter with older passive solar homes
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2.0 HSW CE Hours
2.0 AIA LU|HSW
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John F. Robbins, CEM/CSDPEnergy Consultant in Morning View, KY
Mr. Robbins has been a mostly residential designer and energy consultant since the mid-1980s who has worked on projects in midwestern and eastern states, mostly in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. Whether involving new construction or retrofit, his projects aim for lower energy usage and less negative environmental impacts. Mr. Robbins has also designed and consulted on homes which have passive solar, solar water heating and/or solar electricity, including stand-alone setups like the battery-backed PV system which has powered his office since November 2001.
Mr. Robbins has two certifications from Association of Energy Engineers (AEE): CEM for energy management and CSDP for sustainable development. Mr. Robbins has received six awards from AEE since 1990 for energy and environmental achievements, including 1994 SW Ohio Energy Engineer of the Year and 2004 SW Ohio Environmental Engineer of the Year. In 2012 AEE honored Mr. Robbins as its Region III Renewable Energy Innovator of the Year. He was co-recipient of the 1998 Ohio Governor’s Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in the Education Category.
A renewable energy advocate and user who once led the SW Ohio Alternate Energy Association (AEA) 1995-2005, Mr. Robbins encourages, assists and teaches energy users to become more hands-on and aggressive in managing and minimizing their heating, cooling and other energy usage. He has developed and taught energy-focused continuing education courses for Great Oaks Institute in Ohio, Appalachia – Science in the Public Interest in Kentucky, Columbus (OH) Green Building Forum, Impact Management Services in Cincinnati and HalfMoon Education in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
Mr. Robbins sells no products, receives no commissions for referrals and has had no commercial affiliation with manufacturers or retailers of products and services he uses, recommends or specifies.
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Course Title: Applying Passive Solar Design To Conventional Homes
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This two-hour course explains how design professionals can utilize passive solar heat in conventional homes, primarily from south-facing windows and a strong thermal envelope. The course also demonstrates to design professionals how to estimate and compare heat losses and gains, the importance of summer shading, and how passive solar air moves inside a mostly open floorplan.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain that passive solar relies on properly sized south-facing windows with access to the winter sun, and why passive solar has a greater impact in homes with better thermal envelopes.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to describe the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), how it is measured, and why south-facing windows with a higher SHGC are more desirable.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to utilize summer shading strategies such as roof overhangs to limit heat gain in the warmer months.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to explain the difference between direct passive solar gain and indirect gain via a sunspace.
Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to understand how passive solar air moves naturally inside a mostly open, uncomplicated floorplan and the common problems HVAC contractors encounter.
LUs: 2.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Familiarity renewable energy systems
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 05/04/2025
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