The graphs and explanations below show comparisons between indoor and outdoor temperature for our super insulated, passive solar designed studio space.
Ideally, there will be no sun hitting the floor during the summer in a passive solar space because this can cause overheating. We do not have an eave that is long enough to shade our south windows and you can see in this graph how even a small amount of direct sun can heat up an area of the floor causing the whole space to be warmer (this is called solar gain which is desirable during the winter but unwanted in the summer). This fall, we are hoping to build an eave structure that will shade the south side of the building entirely to minimize solar gain in the summers.
The temperature along the south wall away from the large windows (not in direct sunlight) is similar to the temperature along the north wall showing us that a constant temperature is maintained throughout most of the internal space.
In comparison with the north studio wall indoors, the external temperature fluctuates dramatically during the day.
The indoor temperature of the studio is maintained at a relatively constant rate around 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
This year’s bbq brought a diverse crowd to the UM FLAT: Residents and friends were joined by a group of college students and recent grads cycling across the U.S. to visit different co-ops nationwide, and a group of Southeast Asian students who were a few days into their summer-long trip to the U.S. to study…