Posted by 3D Peruna on March 2, 2006, 4:40 am
Not that the current state of residential architecture is very good, but
I can almost guarantee that 90% of the people won't want what you've
described because it doesn't look like anything they want.
Until that changes, it doesn't matter... even with high heating bills.
Posted by SJC on March 2, 2006, 4:48 am
I think these are some good ideas. It has gotten me to think about =
that you could use regular thermal collectors and air and water, using
a large medium temperature water storage like a pool or hot tub and a =
source heat pump to supply radiant hydronic and air hydronic. Best cost =
performance with large storage...even geothermal storage of heat during =
summer for the fall months.
Posted by 3D Peruna on March 2, 2006, 1:49 pm
But you fail to connect the looks of such a system to the emotional
connection most people have to the houses they live in. Not to mention
the "resale" bugaboo that prevents people from doing anything the least
bit interesting. Everybody I've ever known that have built passive
solar (small sample, unscientific poll) have had a very hard time
selling when it came time to sell. The market was too small.
Now, given the current energy market, it might be that attitudes will
start to change and these ideas could become hip, much like driving a