Solar

ArchSol Design is committed to helping our clients reduce their carbon footprint and reduce their energy costs.

Passive Solar Design
Deals with the orientation of the building on the site; the placement of windows, skylights, and sunrooms; overhangs; internal shading devices; light shelves; vegetation and landscape features; absorber surfaces; thermal mass; proper use of insulation and air sealing techniques; and the collected heat and/or light distribution.
Active Solar Design
Deals with solar photovoltaic (generation of electricity) and solar thermal (generation of hot water &/or space heating) systems. These need mechanical and electrical equipment to distribute the heat or power around the house.
Building Integrated Solar Photovoltaic (BIPV)
Deals with the components of a building that have been engineered to incorporate solar photovoltaic technology. Examples of this include roofing tiles; standing seam metal roofs; rolled roofing sheets; shade canopies; overhangs for windows; wall assemblies incorporating solar; and modified skylights.

Active Energy Strategies:

  • Solar Photovoltaic Panels (generating electricity). These can be grid connected systems using the electric grid as back-up, or off-grid systems using batteries as back-up.
  • Solar Thermal Panels (generating hot water). These can be used for domestic hot water, space heating, or both.
  • Wind Turbines (generating electricity). Micro-wind turbines are an effective way of supplying electrical energy in remote off-grid locations.
  • Geothermal Heating and Cooling. The system sends indoor heat energy into the ground during the summer, i.e. the ground is the cool source. It sends indoor cool energy into the ground during the winter, i.e. the ground is the heat source. Collector tubes underground exchange heat between the indoor temperature and the ambient ground temperature. The fluid used in the collector tubes for heat exchange usually is a water-glycol mix. A heat pump (powered from a photovoltaic panel) moves the fluid within the collector tubes.
  • Biomass Energy Systems – the most effective biomass system in residential architecture is a wood pellet-burning stove.
  • High Efficiency Boilers that supply hot water for under-floor heating and radiant panels. The most effective boilers are low temperature systems and condensing boilers.
  • Refrigerators are the appliances that use the most energy in a home. Highly insulated refrigerators reduce energy loss when closed. Single door refrigerators are generally more efficient than two-door refrigerators. Ceramic-glass induction stoves, and washing machines/driers with load detection & moisture sensors are other types of energy efficient appliances.
  • High Efficiency Lighting Fixtures - using fluorescent or LED lamps.
  • Home Automation Systems (domatics) are programmed to manage and conserve energy usage.

Find out more on Solar Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal Systems.