Solar Air Systems - A Design Handbook
Edited by S. Robert Hastings and Ove Morck
James and James
Softcover 286pp ISBN 9781873936863
Active solar systems for air heating are a straightforward yet effective way of using solar
energy for space heating and tempering ventilation air. They offer some unique advantages
over solar water systems, can offer improved comfort and fuller use of solar gains than passive
solar systems and are a natural fit with mechanically ventilated buildings.
They can be economical, with short pay-back periods and can act not only as space heating
or ventilation air heating but also for water pre-heating, sunshading, electricity generation (with
hybrid photovoltaic systems) and can help induce cooling.
This design handbook takes architects and building engineers through the process of
designing and selecting an active solar system from the six types presented, optimizing the
system using nomograms and curves, and finally dimensioning the components of the system.
Tips are offered regarding the construction and how to avoid problems.
The book will provide essential design information for all architects, building engineers and
other building design professionals and all those concerned to reduce the environmental
impact of buildings.
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