Passive Solar Envelope House

Originally Posted By: jking1
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I live in the great State of Wisconsin and am about to inspect my first passive solar envelope home and wondering what are some things that I need to be watching and inspecting for. Any and all help is appreciated.


John King


FIRST CHOICE INSPECTIONS


Originally Posted By: dvalley
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John,


You should perform your inspection as you would any other home.
If you're not familiar with the inspection aspects of the solar components within the house, you should disclaim them on your report.

Until then, attend an installation course in your area, to educate yourself on the mechanics of this system.

Here is some government information you can read up on...
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy01osti/27954.pdf
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David Valley
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Massachusetts Certified Home Inspections
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"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

Originally Posted By: Rusty Rothrock
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John -


I use to build passive solar envelope houses back in the early 80's (also lived in one for 7 years). Great concept and they do work.

The main thing to look for is any transfer of mold/fungus that might have occurred while the air was traveling from the crawlspace to the front air cavity of the envelope (north side of building). This north side of the envelope was always one area of concern to me.

Give me a call if you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Rusty Rothrock
Richmond, VA
www.richmondinspections.com


Originally Posted By: jking1
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dvalley wrote:
John,

You should perform your inspection as you would any other home.
If you're not familiar with the inspection aspects of the solar components within the house, you should disclaim them on your report.

Until then, attend an installation course in your area, to educate yourself on the mechanics of this system.

Here is some government information you can read up on...
http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy01osti/27954.pdf
![](upload://qFmolxc9QZ5xuDZTe21e7GGQAta.gif)


David,
Thanks for the information and the web location for more information, the party still hasn't made up their mind if a inspection is necessary.
John