A Retrofitted Passive Solar Home

In 1979, Roger Sherman and Laurence Doxsey retrofitted a conventional home into a passive solar home while retaining the character of the original structure. Here's how they did it.

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Diagram indicates new features of the retrofitted passive solar home.
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LEFT: The retrofitted passive solar home retains its original character and that of the surrounding neighborhood. TOP RIGHT: The vertical wall collector absorbs heat for transfer to remote rooms. BOTTOM RIGHT: Enclosed upper and lower porches increase the amount of west and south-facing window area.
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LEFT: Water tubes and a masonry floor capture solar heat filtering through south-facing windows. RIGHT: Enlarged passageways permit the free flow of air and heat.

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