Passive solar design features for a zero energy home in Babylon, Iraq

A. Al-Qaraguli, H. Alguriny, O. Chong, D. Gibbs, L. Coplen
McKissack, US

Keywords: passive solar, energy demand reduction

Summary:

In May 2011, the authors participated in the 2011 Renewable Energy Conference: “Supporting Sustainable Development for Iraq” sponsored by the Iraqi government with assistance from the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation. The conference was convened to consider RE applications to alleviate persistent power shortages throughout Iraq, contribute to environmental improvement, and create job opportunities for Iraqis. This paper offers design and construction solutions to a number of serious problems and barriers to adoption of renewable energy and sustainable building practices in Iraq identified at the conference. This paper will review passive solar technologies for space heating, cooling and lighting that can be implemented in a zero-energy home to be constructed in Babylon. The advantages, limitations and challenges of the technologies will be highlighted.