This is a simple summary of some of the benefits of solar passive design. Solar passive has some surprising benefits. It is silent and odourless. It is non-toxic and it does not require electricity to work it. It is maintenance free so there are no maintenance engineers needed to ‘service the system’ yearly. Moreover there are no tomes of manuals to read through – solar passive is very simple – it doesn’t require a university degree to understand it.
Solar passive energy is free of charge, nontaxable, limitless and wholly democratic. It falls upon the earth evenly so no matter what your ethnicity, colour, religion or belief system it is freely indiscriminately given.
Solar passive energy is distributed by radiation from 93 million miles away, so there are no wires, pipes, distribution boxes, meters, refineries, oil pipeline ruptures, or polluting oil tankers involved in its distribution.
It is the cleanest form of energy on planet Earth.
Oil, gas and nuclear energy have been the cause of the much corruption and concentration of wealth and power in human history, not to mention the oil wars and negative geopolitics that have killed hundreds of thousands. Solar passive energy cannot cause any of these because it cannot be contained and ‘owned’.
The sun is free of the social injustice and corruption of Big Carbon which benefits those who by accident live on top of it, or those with weapons to sequester it. It is freely yours if you live in the remotest parts of the Earth, and also freely yours if you live in the hive of a city. Nobody owns or controls solar passive energy which is why Big Carbon is so implacably opposed to solar energy of any type.
Solar ACTIVE is solar energy which is captured by devices such as solar photovoltaic or solar thermal panels. Such panels are manufactured using carbon energy, so they do have an embodied energy content. Moreover solar PV panels are costly compared to the measures needed to maximize passive solar energy, and their useful service life is currently considered to be approximately 20 years – after which they need to be replaced with further carbon-made panels.
Both solar passive and solar active have a part to play in sustainable architecture and solar active is effective when integrated into solar passive designs because they face the sun anyway.