The Climate Facts being withheld from us

Solarity is posting the latest NASA/NOAA information on oceanic temperatures here, because NOBODY ELSE IS. The oceans have so far kept us out of serious trouble by absorbing 90% plus of the extra heat trapped inside the Earth’s atmosphere by human-made greenhouse gasses. But as the ocean temperatures climb their ability to absorb the extra...

What is Solar Passive Design?

The EIGHT main elements of Solar Passive Design     The main aim of solar passive design is to get the sun to do as much as possible to both heat and (believe it or not) cool a building, keeping it at a comfortable temperature year round.   So, in order not to use anything else –...

The Simplest & Cheapest Form of Energy on the Planet. Yet Nobody Seems to Know Anything About it

In the new and to many bewildering world of climate change there are dozens of supposed ‘solutions’ to make our buildings more ‘sustainable’.  Solar PV, solar thermal, biomass, heat pumps, renewables only electricity, ‘green’ gas, ‘blue’ hydrogen fuel cells, triple glazing, Passivhaus, battery storage, SIPs, geothermal, etc.  Armed with two or three of these architects...

Solarity Extension in Oxfordshire Nears Completion

The extension faces just off South, and its large roof overhang is intended to reduce solar passive heat gains from overheating the extension. Inside, rooflights bring overhead light deep into the plan. Rooflights are useful in that they can be adequately sun-shaded quite easily with blinds, as well as being useful in promoting natural cooling...

An Essential Source

The Passive Solar Energy Book by Ed Mazria.  An essential source on solar passive, charmingly and beautifully illustrated. One of our fav sources for inspiration and design information, I cant recommend it highly enough. ISBN 0-87857-260-0 – hardcover ISBN 0-87857-237-6 – softcover This book is no longer in print (our version was published in 1979!)...

Woods-Pods

These are sketches for small timber bedroom-sized pods. They are the response to a client brief that asked for the bedrooms of a house to be scattered through a sloped woodland, and for there to be minimum contact with the forest floor. The result is: floating timber boats.

Solar Passive ‘leaf’ no 4: Design Studies

This is a design for a very small two bedroom solar passive ‘leaf’. It has potentially level access throughout. A pair of ramps give access to its two bedrooms and their elevated private terraces at either end of the house. The plan includes a ground level WC and a small home office. The gross internal...

What is Solar Passive Design?

The EIGHT main elements of Solar Passive Design    The main aim of solar passive design is to get the sun to do as much as possible to both heat and (believe it or not) cool your building, keeping it at a comfortable temperature year round.  So, in order not to use anything else –...

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