Passive Solar Performance of Tech House V

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R. L. Reid, B. A. McGraw, A. F. G. Bedinger

The University of Tennessee, Energy, Environment and Resources Center, Knoxville, Tenn.

J. Sol. Energy Eng 107(1), 35-38 (Feb 01, 1985) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3267650 History: Received November 01, 1982; Online November 11, 2009


The performance of a passive solar modular house located in Knoxville, Tennessee (TECH House V) was determined for the 1981–1982 heating season. The 111 m2 (1200 ft2 ) house has 13.7 m2 (144 ft2 ) of south facing glass and 20 vertical water tubes. The auxiliary heat was measured directly while the net solar gain was calculated using hourly measured vertical insolation, weather, and inside-space temperature data. The solar collection efficiency was 64 percent and the solar fraction was 0.40.

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