Passive Cooling

Air conditioning, fans, and anything related to keeping it cool, such as insulation. This would include any posts generally discussing how to keep it cool, such as which types of blocks are better insulators.... ideal wall thickness for keeping an A/C house cool, etc.

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Passive Cooling

Postby rsokolowski » Sun Nov 30, 2008 2:47 am

A great website on all things relating to passive cooling design and efficiency.

http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Co ... ooling.htm

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Re: Passive Cooling

Postby geordie » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:00 am

some interesting stuff but makes for heavy reading on sone of the papers
some of the solutions being a tad drastic (30ft cooling towers)for most people
my comments may be wrong but never deliberately
If it aint broke, dont fix it
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Re: Passive Cooling

Postby niranut » Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:53 pm

Another good resource on passive home design. Lots of good information for how to practically implement different approaches, as well as some case studies.

http://www.yourhome.gov.au/technical/fs41.html
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Re: Passive Cooling

Postby niranut » Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:17 am

And one more link. This one has more specifics of how effectively put together passive design principles here in Thailand.

http://www.ap.tu.ac.th/jars/download/jars/v5-1/01%20Review%20Article.pdf
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Re: Passive Cooling

Postby Shastadad » Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:16 pm

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Re: Passive Cooling

Postby BuilderMan » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:40 am

These are some interesting ideas but it's hard to beat air conditioning I feel like. It might be good to incorporate some of these ideas as well as air conditioning which would then be used minimally. This would still help quite a bit with the conservation of energy and cooling costs.
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Re: Passive Cooling

Postby BuilderMan » Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:15 am

It appears there are many ways to get some form of air conditioning<dozer removed commercial link>. Many of the ones mentioned are free which is great. However coming from an air conditioning all my life, I think it would be tough to tolerate 95 degree days without some relief. Like I said I think a combination of the 2 would be best. You could use the central air only very sparingly.
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Re: Passive Cooling

Postby niranut » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:02 am

Agreed that a hybrid of a passive cooling design coupled with a/c available when needed would be best. In fact, even if you didn't intend to design things for passive cooling, I've gotten the impression from different construction stories here that if you design the house well to efficiently incorporate a/c (using roof, wall, and other materials and designs that will minimize heat and maximize cool), you'll probably end up with a house that is naturally cool as well.

But definitely go with the single room a/c units (IMO), as central air systems are ridiculously expensive here.
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