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William Bronson
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The south face of a masonry foundation, painted black, sheathed in insulated glazing. Theirs trombe wall would be vented into the living space, the conditioned air returning to the lowest coldest point of the trombe foundation as it cooled via a return air duct.
Insulated, reversible shutters would be used to increase solar gain during a winter day by opening and exposing their mirrored interior surface, improve thermal retention by closing during winter nights, and prevent solar gain during cooling season by being flipped , mirrored side out and kept closed .
Plantings in front of the trombe would be deciduous, for naturally adjusting shade.



So is this a thing already? Or is it a stupid thing already, with known pitfalls ? Does it seem feasible?
 
Dale Hodgins
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Variations of it are a thing. Well insulated slabs, by large windows, combined with good curtains and/or shutters has been done many times. Along with deciduous plantings, a large roof overhang blocks high summer sun, while allowing low winter sun to enter the home and heat the floor.
 
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William Bronson : I remembered this cogent posting of Erica Wisner's , she does a good job of describing how to get cooling convective currents, well worth a read !

Links below :


http://www.permies.com/t/41595/rocket-stoves/Rocket-mass-heaters-Texas-warm


Hope this is timely and helpful Big AL
 
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