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Residential and Commercial Passive Solar Design and Construction (CCL840X)

  • Product Format
    Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
    Dan Chiras
  • Conference Date
    Thu, August 14, 2014
  • Length
    60 minutes

Understand Key Principles and Practices of Passive Solar

With perpetually rising energy costs, heating, cooling, and lighting homes and businesses will continue to be a major challenge to building owners and operators. One of the most important and reliable ways to contain costs in new buildings is through integrated passive solar design – building design that reduces heating loads, cooling loads, and requirements for artificial lighting. Adding little if any to the initial cost of new construction, passive design can result in substantial economic savings and produce healthier and more comfortable buildings.

In this live webinar, Dan Chiras will

  • Discuss vital passive design principles and practices of passive solar design for residential and commercial buildings
  • Discuss common design errors that can dramatically reduce the performance and comfort of buildings
  • Discuss ways to avoid design mistakes
  • Change your thinking about how you design a building
  • Illustrate the economic savings that are possible through passive design
  • Discuss other benefits and the wide applicability of this design approach

Attendees will

  • Understand key principles and practices of passive solar
  • Understand common pitfalls and ways to avoid them
  • Gain an understanding and deeper appreciation of an ancient but underutilized building design technique
  • Become motivated to learn more and incorporate passive design into new buildings
  • Rethink how they think about building design
  • Appreciate how important passive design is today, given the continually rising cost of energy

Every new building could incorporate passive design features that could save building owners and operators tens of thousands of dollars in energy costs over the lifetime of the building, yet few people know of this important approach.

Get answers to your questions by the speaker in a Q&A segment after the session to help you with the doubts and queries you may have.

Who should attend:

  • Architects
  • Students of architecture
  • Builders
  • Developers
  • Homeowners and owner-builders
  • Green building professionals
  • Renewable energy consultants

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About the Presenter(s)


Dan Chiras is director of and lead instructor at The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building in east central Missouri where he teaches numerous workshops on residential renewable energy, includi...More Info

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