An efficient design for both heating and cooling of an average sized residence is presented. The main source of energy is derived from a large roof top flat plate collector built into the roof structure of the house. The amount of solar energy collected is stored in a combination of hot air and hot water storage system located underneath the house. An auxiliary electric heating coil is built into the solar heating system for use in any extended period of cloudy and inclement weather. The system is so designed as to satisfy the two key requirements for any successful solar house, namely, ECONOMIC FEASIBILITY and RELIABILITY Materials used for collectors, working fluids, storage equipment, etc. are readily available in lumber yards. The cost of the solar system is kept to a minimum and can be compensated by architectural design and construction savings through the use of the collector itself as the main roof structure. It is believed that the cost of this solar house will not exceed that of a residential dwelling of comparable size and quality in Missouri. However, the saving in fuel consumption will be substantial, up to 80%.

Meeting Name

1st UMR-MEC Conference on Energy Resources (1974: Apr. 24-26, Rolla, MO)



Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Chemical Energy

Document Version

Final Version

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© 1974 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Publication Date

26 Apr 1974