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A poorly designed passive heating system can significantly aggravate the summer cooling load of a building. In the design procedures, the sum of all unwanted heat delivered to a building by the passive heating system will be referred to as the incremental cooling load. This is clearly an important parameter because it represents the cooling penalty associated with various passive solar designs. 2 General climatic considerations. 1 Characteristic weather parameters. All of the discussion in this section is based on two weather parameters that, in certain combinations, may be used to characterize climates with respect to the potential effectiveness of conservation and passive solar measures in reducing energy consumption for space heating.
7 Solar collection area. 1; they are based on the following assumptions: a. The recommendations presented in the preceeding sections on insulation levels and infiltration rates are followed. b. 55/MMBtu. c. The heating efficiency is unity. d. The payback period is ten years. 4 MMBtu/K$. Furthermore, the system productivity (PR) which is defined as the amount of energy saved annually per square foot of collector, is given by the product of E/C and the system dependent cost per square foot of solar collection aperture.
A map of the continental United States with contours of constant (VT2/DD)Úave¿ is presented in figure 7. F-ftÀ2Ù-day, respectively. The three contour lines divide the map into four climate regions that are referred to as mild (MI), moderate (MO), harsh (HA), and very harsh (VH). General descriptions of these climate regions and qualitative comments regarding regionally appropriate design are presented in the next four subsections. 1 Mild climates. The mild climate region includes the southern third of California and Arizona, small parts of the southern extremes of New Mexico, Texas, and Louisiana, and most of the Florida peninsula.