Thermal performance of lived-in passive solar buildings: 1 - Education center at Sede Boqer, Israel

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Abstract

The performance of a passive heated and cooled education building, located in Israel’s Negev desert, is studied. A year’s worth of measured data are presented and analysed from the viewpoint of thermal comfort, Winter heating, which is effected via direct-gain passive solar means, is found to provide comfort conditions without the need for a backup system. Summer cooling is provided via the use of enhanced nocturnal ventilation, a method which is suitable for the particular desert location involved. The cooling system is found to be satisfactory, with certain qualifications. In addition to site-specific results, some conclusions of a more general nature are drawn regarding the design of passive solar public buildings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-48
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Ambient Energy
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1992

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