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The assessment of ten passive solar buildings in Tasmania

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Gnauck, Detlev (1985) The assessment of ten passive solar buildings in Tasmania. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

As many future home owners and professionals in the building
industry are looking for existing solar buildings to find out
information on features such as their appearance, price
ranges, and the effectiveness of solar heating design, this
thesis intends to provide that information and will assess
a variety of passive solar buildings in Tasmania.
This thesis will catalogue ten Tasmanian passive solar buildings
and particularly highlight the following factors:
a) the theoretical concepts of using passive solar
designs;
b) the appearance and architectural layout of the
passive solar buildings;
c) how, and how effectively, the passive solar system
works;
d) the problems (if any) related to the actual construction
and maintenance of the solar systems; and
e) the owner's own personal experience living and using
such a solar building.
The thesis is presented in two major parts. The first part,
consisting of Chapter Two and Three, introduces some
theoretical aspects of passive solar design and briefly
reviews several other surveys of solar buildings.
Chapter Two looks at aspects of thermal comfort and shows
why space heating is such an important factor in Tasmania.
This is then related to the various key components of passive
solar design as they apply in the State. Chapter Three
demonstrates that the technique of cataloguing existing solar
buildings is a valid and useful means of advancing the state
of the art in solar design, but that regional differences
in climate, building practice, and lifestyle mean that these
catalogues should be prepared for a particular region to be
most effective.
The second part of this thesis catalogues and evaluates ten
passive solar buildings, all situated in Tasmania. Documentation of each of these buildings is presented in two parts, first, the technical aspects of the building are explained and, secondly, an owner analysis of the building's performance is given.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: Solar houses, Solar buildings, Solar heating
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Copyright 1985 the Author - The University is continuing to endeavour to trace the copyright
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Includes bibliographical references. Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1985

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