passive solar

Passive Porch Reno – Part 3

Passive Porch Reno - Part 3

This third post focuses on the interior aspects of the project – specifically insulation and air sealing. Now that we’re in the coldest part of winter I can offer some preliminary feedback on how well my passive porch is performing. Although keeping the heat in is top priority, I’ve incorporated some architectural elements to bring […]

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Passive Solar Porch Reno – Part 2

Passive Solar Porch Reno – Part 2

This 2nd post in my Passive Solar Porch Reno series focuses on the exterior aspects of this project. The late summer weather was perfect for working outdoors and aside from having to evict a nest of carpenter ants (and replacing the framing they damaged below a window) it went as well as expected. Exterior improvements […]

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Passive Solar Porch Reno – Part 1

Passive Solar Porch Reno - Part 1

I’ve been thinking about this for a decade… turning my south-facing front porch into a passive solar heater on those sunny winter days. This was the year I really had to do something with the peeling paint and loose window glazing, as well as the crumbling concrete steps that had become downright dangerous to use. […]

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7 DIY Pop Can Solar Heaters

7 DIY Pop Can Solar Heaters

There are hundreds of different DIY passive solar air collector plans floating around, but I’m focusing on a few that incorporate recycled aluminum pop, beer or juice cans as the "solar absorber". These DIY pop can solar panels are inspired by Cansolair – a commercially-produced product invented by a man from Newfoundland, Canada. The Cansolair  […]

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