Passive solar design considerations for Cyprus

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Abstract

Passive solar systems offer simplicity, greater reliability, lower cost and a longer lifetime. Furthermore, the design of passive-solar systems comprises a part of the architectural design of the house, and thus, becomes an integrated element of the building's architecture. In choosing a system there are criteria of aesthetic or functional values. Some of the techniques described as passive solar systems for Cyprus can be incorporated in conventional building design and planning without adding considerable cost to the construction. All that is required is intelligent design. Taking into account the advantages and disadvantages of the passive solar systems the best systems that are advised to use in Cyprus are Direct Gain, Thermal Insulation, Thermal Storage, Low emissivity double-glazed, Solar Control (orientation, shading devices), Natural Ventilation (cross ventilation, stack effect, night ventilation and ceiling fans). Systems advised not to use are Trombe Walls and Sun Spaces. The results show that all heating requirements are covered through solar energy, while natural ventilation or ceiling fans cover all the cooling needs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Solar World Congress 2005
Subtitle of host publicationBringing Water to the World, Including Proceedings of 34th ASES Annual Conference and Proceedings of 30th National Passive Solar Conference
Pages32-37
Number of pages6
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventSolar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including 34th ASES Annual Conference and 30th National Passive Solar Conference - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 6 Aug 200512 Aug 2005

Other

OtherSolar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including 34th ASES Annual Conference and 30th National Passive Solar Conference
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period6/08/0512/08/05

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    Lapithis, P. A. (2005). Passive solar design considerations for Cyprus. In Proceedings of the Solar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including Proceedings of 34th ASES Annual Conference and Proceedings of 30th National Passive Solar Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 32-37)