As I research details for my floor plan design and plans, I am finding very little about passive solar homes with basements. Does anyone have any experience with basements in a passive solar home or know where I can get information on this subject? Thanks in advance.
Johan Svensson wrote:I know the isodrän-system of insulating basements use up to 8" on the wall and I'de suggest insulating the floor as well. The isodran is really good at keeping moisture away from the wall witch is important. I think if you plan on rellying on a passive system you can never go too far.
Johan, I looked up the system because it sounded interesting, but everything is in Swedish. Any tips for English information spots?
this site has OODLES of information about everything from 'changing a lightbulb' to
building homes. and adding systems.
Gary, the owner of the site, keeps adding other folks' research and development and
You might find something there, or maybe send Gary an email.
I might also suggest mike oehler's earth integrated way of building, which is available h
here on permies, and his own site. His ways of getting light air and views into a subterranean
area are great! and will help to keep your basement from being a dark cave.
many blessings to all.
By code I have to have an electric furnace but I heat with wood. My thermostat has both a heating and cooling setting. Summer and winter it is set for 73 cooling. In the summer if the south windows overheat the house it draws air from the 55 degree cement enclosed crawl space. When the wood stove overheats the main room the fan comes on and circulates the heat to the far rooms.
My conclusion is that with proper air handling design earth bermed rooms can be used for thermal storage.