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Passive Solar Heating Development Assessment

COURSE NO: R02-012
Passive Solar Heating Development Assessment
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course introduces calculation models to calculate changes in heating demand and solar gains that result from the adoption of energy efficient window technologies. Changes in heating demand between the base case and the new proposed design are calculated by evaluating the variation in heat loss coefficient related to the proposed changes in the size and U-value of the windows.


Passive solar heating (PSH) is the heating of buildings with the solar gains available through windows. The annual heating demand can be significantly reduced by selecting high-performance windows (low heat loss and high solar transmission) and by orienting the bulk of the window area to face towards the equator (south-facing in the Northern Hemisphere). Studies have shown that houses designed using passive solar principles can require less than half the heating energy of the same house using conventional windows with random window orientation.


This 2 PDH online course is suitable for engineers with a desire to understand the fundamentals of setting passive solar heating project. Presented details cover issues related to technical and financial implementation and exploitation of passive solar heating systems. Upon successful completion engineers will be able to address passive solar heating terms, methods of operation and how to set up detailed technical and financial feasibility model.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding basic theory and passive solar heating technology background
  • Learning about passive solar heating modelling
  • Knowing how to adjust window thermal properties
  • Understanding the details about heating energy savings
  • Estimating usable solar gains over the heating season
  • Calculating annual heating and cooling energy savings
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Passive Solar Heating Development Assessment” which is based on Clean Energy Project Analysis RETScreen® Engineering & Cases Textbook, Third Edition, © Minister of Natural Resources Canada 2001-2005, September 2005.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Passive Solar Heating Development Assessment (273 KB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire course document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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