Passive Heating and Cooling Can Eliminate Traditional HVAC Systems


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Passive Heating & Cooling Can Eliminate Traditional HVAC Systems
Though it might be difficult to believe, passive heating and cooling design is a realistic way to eliminate traditional, energy-intensive heating and cooling systems. By adopting some key practices in passive design — such as building orientation, site selection, and insulation — it is possible to dramatically reduce the energy use required to heat a building in winter and cool it in the summer. Because of the environmental costs of heavy energy use, as well as the increased financial burden, it is imperative to incorporate passive design elements in new construction and remodeling projects.
Passive design can encompass a variety of building elements depending on the...
The end: design works and can be implemented effectively to do away with the usual methods for heating and cooling buildings. As energy costs continue to rise and exact greater tolls on the environment, passive design should play an even greater role in future building design.
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