How can I build a home that self-maintains year round comfort without commercial power?
Use your home itself to collect free solar heat all summer.
- Cool your home passively, while heating the earth around your home, without machinery and off grid.
- Keep your home cozy all winter by retrieving heat from the soil.
- Utilize the free solar heat stored throughout the summer as a year round natural thermal resource.
- Power a convection ventilation system using stored heat that provides warm air all winter and cool air all summer.
Passive Annual Heat Storage (PAHS) is a method of collecting natural heat all summer, when there’s more of it, and saving it until winter when it’s needed, effectively maintaining over time a constant effective natural resource base. Building materials are arranged in a special configuration to merely change the balance of natural heat flow of a conventional design. Heat is thereby directed from wherever we get it to wherever we want it, all without using machinery to make it work. With the rising cost of energy inclining more people towards sustainable living, all home builders should educate themselves about basic PAHS principles!
Built In Temperature for Sustainable Living Homes
Using PAHS principles derived from over 25 years of research, it has been possible to build homes that are able to self maintain an internal temperature that varies only a few degrees up and down from a comfortable average of about 70 F (20 C), achieving real sustainability.
Such homes have actually been able to produce a positive energy coefficient. That is, they collect and save more energy than they need for operation. These homes, some of which are subterranean, have been built around the world and have been very successful from Montana to New Zealand, Europe to Alaska.
The goal of Passive Annual Heat Storage is to provide a method of placing building materials and organizing construction so that the comfortable environments produced are continuously pleasant. The resulting home interiors are balanced with the natural environment and are able to extract all of their energy needs from their surroundings without using any commercial energy sources. Thus, there is no longer any need for using mechanical devices or causing any disruption in global ecosystems. Environmental protection at its best.
Surplus of Energy in a Sustainable Living Home
To date, a number of homes around the world have actually achieved full annual heat storage. That is, they collect absolutely every drop of heating and cooling energy that the homes need through long cold winters, long hot summers and the rest of the year too. They don’t just reduce energy consumption, they provide a surplus of energy that is used to provide partial domestic water heating and provide natural power to run fresh air, heat recovery, and ventilation systems. Truly a way to sustainability using renewable energy, leading to self reliance.
This information is being provided to promote sustainable living through the spreading of PAHS homes, to promote energy conservation on a higher plane than is usually done, and to direct people toward the information needed to produce real and positive results. Armed with a knowledge of annual heat storage principles, you will be able to have a part in advancing the technology, and share in overcoming practical building challenges. Make good use of our easy access to publications, videos, and plans, and be brought up to speed on PAHS technology so that all may be benefited by gaining a lasting satisfaction of human needs and an improved quality of life!