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The Trombe Wall: Low Tech Solar Design Makes A Comeback

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Image Credit Paul Raff Studio, Ben Rahn/A Frame Regular readers will know that we tend to favour simple, non-mechanical methods of green design, like passive solar heating instead of, say, thermal solar collectors with evacuated tubes and pumps. One of the simplest and most elegant solutions to retain solar heat is the Trombe wall, where solar heat is collected and stored in a wall of high thermal mass, tempering the heat gain during the day and releasing it at night. One of the best modern examples is Paul Raff's slate covered Trombe wall in a house in Toronto . It shows how to make it elegant; In BuildingGreen , Alex Wilson describes their history and operation.... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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