6 October 2012
Architectural Solar Systems
Present day architecture has advanced in many ways. A style of architecture which could prove to be very beneficial to Earth and its people in the future is solar energy architecture; the use of sun to channel energy and maintain a household. Solar energy still seems a mysterious subject to many people. According to Roy Erving in The Architectural Handbook, they make it seem as complicated as “putting a man on the moon.” To put it simply most people believe that solar energy powered homes are near impossible. In actuality it can be as simple as opening a window. Solar Heating and cooling are the major benefactors in maintaining a household. Solar heating and cooling principles are relatively simple. People have been using solar heating for thousands of years even if in the most subtle of ways. A technique that was used years ago would be to use large areas of southern facing glass allowing the low winter sun to heat the interior, and radiate the stored heat in the evening time. This method is proven to work quite well even according to great minds like Socrates in his book Fifth Century B.C.: “Now in houses with a south aspect, the sun’s rays penetrate into the porticoes in winter, but in summer the path of the sun is right over the heads and above the roof, so that there is shade. If, then this is the best arrangement, we should build the south side loftier to get the winter sun and the north side lower to keep put the cold winds. To put it shortly, the house in which the owner can find a pleasant retreat at all seasons… is presumably at once the pleasantest and the most beautiful.” Heating a house solely using solar energy is not at all a new idea, its actually been put to practice by many different countries for years now. There are plenty of solar heating products on the market and people spend their money on what they believe is the best quality...