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  •  Air Heater (2+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel, slksfca

    Trombe Wall without the thermal mass.

    Solar is civil defense. Video of my small scale solar experiments at http://solarray.blogspot.com/2006/03/solar-video.html

    by gmoke on Wed May 16, 2007 at 10:01:57 PM PDT

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    •  yup (2+ / 0-)
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      slksfca, mimuspolyglottis

      looks like trombe got the idea from morse. I'm going to be building some trombe walls and will need to try out morse's idea. thx for pointing it out :)

      •  Or Maybe... (2+ / 0-)
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        A Siegel, peaceloveandkucinich

        looks like trombe got the idea from morse.

        or maybe from
        the Sinagua Indians around 1400 AD

        I toured the SouthWest a number of years ago and was impressed by the pueblo culture's use of natural resources; adobe for thermal mass (slow to heat up, but once warm, re-radiates slowly); South-facing for maximum solar collection; and the Apse Effect in cliff dwellings to shade the structures from the height of the Sumer sun.

        In fact, at the Arcosanti project in Arizona they are trying to combine a lot of passive energy capture systems, and, of course, we have different materials to help with that. But amazing how well ancient natural material still do the job.

        •  indeed (0+ / 0-)

          the ancients were very resourceful.

          the Arcosanti project is very cool as are earthships.

          •  earthships, (0+ / 0-)

            despite the brief wave of publicity they got by having a movie star buy one of them, are pretty much of a bad joke on the unwary.

            Nothing wrong with the concept of recycling and energy independence, of course, but that tech can easily be applied to any efficient structure that is properly orientated.

            They did take away his state license, y'know, despite this state (NM) being about as lenient towards "experimental" construction techniques as a State could be imagined to be.

            (speaking as someone with over 30 years experience in the field of alt construction tech)

            don't always believe what you think...

            by claude on Thu May 17, 2007 at 04:33:48 AM PDT

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