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Heating your Home with Solar Air (2009)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on June 21, 2015

This bulletin was written by Brian Specht of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). It provides information on solar thermal air heating for residential buildings.

Commissioning the Sun: Popular Renewable Systems (2012)

Submitted by Raquel Ponte Costa on April 7, 2015

This presentation was created by Pete Salmon of the Eaton Corporation. It is an educational presentation the covers the benefits, design, components, and installation of solar thermal systems.

The presentation uses a diagram to illustrate the basic design of a system, and discusses what makes evacuated tubes, flat plate collectors, or hybrids most suitable for different situations. Piping arrangements are essential for system protection, as the presentation illustrates, especially in in-climate weather.

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Forced Circulation Systems for Single Family Houses.

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on October 1, 2014

This technical guide provides explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of forced circulation solar thermal systems in single family houses.

It provides information and technical criteria to privilege the installation of certain types of small solar thermal systems over other ones. It also investigates the architectural conditions, technical variables and technical specifications required for the correct integration of a Solar Thermal System in a conventional installation of domestic hot water. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques.  

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Centralized Systems for Multi-Family Houses- Chile

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 19, 2014

This technical guide provides explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of centralized solar thermal systems in multi-family houses. It also investigates the architectural conditions, technical variables and minimum technical specifications required for the correct installation of a centralised solar thermal water heating the system. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques. 

Technical Guide for Architects and Designers: Thermosiphon Sytems for Single Family Houses (Chile- 2013).

Submitted by Francesco Gattiglio on September 15, 2014

This technical guide provides technical explanations for architects and designers on the preparation and installation of solar thermal systems of the thermosiphon type in single family houses. It provides information and technical criteria needed to choose the most suitable system of solar water heating for single family houses according several technical conditions. It investigates the architectural criteria, technical variables and technical specifications required for the integration of a thermosyphon solar thermal system in a typical domestic hot water installation of a single family house. The document includes a glossary providing explanation on different terms and techniques.

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