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New standard to improve energy performance of historic buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on September 5, 2018
Photo: Trimmel Wall ArchitectsMaintaining the exterior of a historic building while raising energy efficiency is not necessarily a contradiction. The new EN 16883:2017 standard, Conservation of cultural heritage, provides guidance on how to improve the energy performance of historically significant structures. A group made up of 45 experts from 12 countries had mapped out the guidelines for six years before they were published by the European Committee for Standardisation in June 2017. Researchers working for the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme, also known as IEA SHC, are now on the lookout for suitable case studies to evaluate processes and assessments proposed in the standard. The photo shows a convent in Vienna, Austria, which was built in 1904 and renovated in 2013.
Photo: Trimmel Wall Architects 

Passive Solar Design in Wisconsin (2007)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 8, 2015

This fact sheet from Focus on Energy explains passive solar thermal heating system design in Wisconsin. Passive solar thermal heating utilizes the sun to directly heat buildings rather than using mechanical equipment. Passive heating can even work in buildings located in areas like Wisconsin, which typically are not thought of as a prime solar location.

Training Courses – ACS in Solar Cooling System (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on March 2, 2010

This is a presentation of SorTech AG, a manufacturer of small and medium scale adsorption chillers for cooling and air-conditioning applications, which was used for a training course on solar cooling systems.

Facade Integration of Solar Thermal Collectors: a Breakthrough? (2007)

Submitted by Hans Craen on April 7, 2009

This document from 2007 looks into providing a solution to the aesthetic concerns regarding façade integration of solar thermal collectors. These architectural concerns are caused through the black and irregular surfaces of solar absorbers as well as the piping which remain visible through the front glass.

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