The Design and performance of Four Passive Solar Residences

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Osterberg, Arvid
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The Department offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree. The program provides opportunities for general education as well as preparation for professional practice and/or graduate study.

The Department of Architecture offers two graduate degrees in architecture: a three-year accredited professional degree (MArch) and a two-semester to three-semester research degree (MS in Arch). Double-degree programs are currently offered with the Department of Community and Regional Planning (MArch/MCRP) and the College of Business (MArch/MBA).

The Department of Architecture was established in 1914 as the Department of Structural Design in the College of Engineering. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Architectural Engineering in 1918. In 1945, the name was changed to the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering. In 1967, the name was changed to the Department of Architecture and formed part of the Design Center. In 1978, the department became part of the College of Design.

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  • Department of Structural Design (1914–1918)
  • Department of Architectural Engineering (1918–1945)
  • Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering (1945–1967)

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Four passive solar houses in Iowa designed by the author are described and compared in this paper . The f1rst two residences discussed employ one lane lap pools just inside south walls of glass. The first example is an old fannhouse which has been added onto and retrofitted. The design and perfonnance of the house is compared to that of the second example, a newly constructed sup er insulated residence. The third house incorporates a direct gain addition to an existing residence. A so1Jth facing wall was removed to create a large open interior space. The fourth desiqn is an example of a sun space addition to an existing house and employs doorways and automatic dampers to transfer heat from the sunspace to the house.
This paper is published as Osterberg, A.E. The Design and Performance of Four Passive Solar Residences. Presented at Proceedings of the 10th national Passive Solar Conference the Solar Energy & Utilities Conference. The Daylighting Applications conference. The Building with the Sun Conference. Alexander Wilson & William Glennie, editors. 1985; 58-63. Posted with permission.
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