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Passive solar floor heating: This article discusses the use of phase-change floor tiles for passive solar floor design
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Accompanying text are reprinted/adapted/excerpted with permission from Solar Age Magazine - editor Steven Bliss. Our page top photograph shows a horrible radiant floor slab insulation scheme installed by a Minnesota contractor - this radiant floor system never worked because the tubing was placed too deep in the concrete slab and the insulation system was incomplete.
Readers should see FLOOR, CONCRETE SLAB CHOICES and also see SLAB INSULATION, PASSIVE SOLAR and other articles at SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS. Contact us to suggest text changes and additions and, if you wish, to receive online listing and credit for that contribution.
Floor Coverings for Passive Solar Thermal Mass Floors
A few years ago I read about floor tiles with phase-change salts inside their hollow cores for use over thermal-mass slabs in passive solar heating designed homes. An upcoming project I'm involved in could benefit from such a project. Could you please supply me with information on suppliers or manufacturers of phase-change floor tiles for use over insulated slabs? -- Gary Higgins, North Windham ME
We mentioned Sol-Ar-Tile™ in Solar Age articles in February 1982 (p.40), and May 1983 (p. 69).
Penwalt Corp. produces and packages phase-change materials that can be embedded in floors, ceilings, and walls.
Other articles you'll want to see on passive solar floors, ceilings, and walls, include
The question-and-answer article about use of phase-change materials in passive solar house design, quotes-from, updates, and comments an original article from Solar Age Magazine and written by Steven Bliss.
The link to the original Q&A article in PDF form immediately below is followed by an expanded/updated online version of this article.
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