What is passive heating and cooling?

SuperHomer Paul Capel explains how increased use of passive heating and cooling has been one of the big wins of his home eco renovation.

With a two storey passive solar chimney (or glass box) and triple glazing on the south facing wall cool air is naturally drawn into the house in summer,  avoiding overheating in spite of the radiant heat from an internal solar thermal store.

Paul’s home has undergone extensive eco renovation and includes a  thermal store and MVHR. This Walter Segal self-build house in Walter’s Way, London, is one of the homes in the SuperHomes network of older homes that have been renovated by their owners to reduce carbon emissions by at least 60%. Most SuperHomes host public open days in September. For more, visit Paul’s house.

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