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Passive Solar Heating of Buildings



Webinar Title: Passive Solar Heating of Buildings
Webinar No: R04-202W
PDH Credit: 4
Presenter: Harlan Bengtson, Ph.D., P.E.
Time: From 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM ET
This live webinar presents the principles of passive solar heating including system types, their description and their components.
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Passive Solar Heating of Buildings
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH live webinar presents the principles of passive solar heating, such as basic types of systems, their description, and the components making up any passive solar system. It identifies and discusses sources of data on heating requirements and available solar radiation at locations throughout the U.S. It presents a method for estimating performance of a passive system of specified size at a specified size at a specified location.  It illustrates data retrieval and calculations through numerous examples.


Passive solar heating is an alternative source of energy mechanism that is becoming more and more desirable. Passive solar heating of a building is using the sun’s radiant energy and converting it to thermal energy (heat) when it is absorbed by the building. Some of the absorbed thermal energy will directly heat the building, and some will be stored in components of the building.


This 4 PDH online live webinar is intended primarily for chemical, environmental, mechanical, industrial, and energy engineers, and architects who are interested in learning more about passive solar heating.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Learning about the six components that typically make up a passive solar heating system
  • Learning about the five basic types of passive solar heating systems
  • Understanding the differences between daytime and nighttime operation of direct gain passive solar heating systems
  • Understanding the differences between daytime and nighttime operation of indirect gain passive solar heating systems
  • Obtaining and interpreting data for solar radiation rate on vertical and horizontal surfaces of buildings at any of the 239 U.S. locations in the NREL database
  • Obtaining and interpreting data for heating degree days at any of the 239 U.S. locations in the NREL database
  • Estimating the rate of heat loss (Btu/oF/ft2) from a building if one year’s monthly power bills for the building are available
  • Estimating the quantity of thermal storage needed for a passive solar heating system with specified area of glazing
  • Estimating the monthly percentage of a building’s heating requirement that will be provided by given size passive solar heating system at a given location in the U.S. with specified rate of heat loss from the building (Btu/oF/ft2)
  • Familiarizing with the NASA website to obtain average incident solar radiation for any location in the world based on the latitude and longitude of the site of interest
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