A small (16' X 18') solar-heated building has been built in Ames and data have been collected to evaluate it in several ways. The first objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of solar heating in maintaining specified building temperatures. The second objective was to compare the cost of adding solar heating to the building with the cost of heating it electrically over many years to a break-even point. The plan of the evaluation used the building as its own control in a time series design. For one week, the building was operated with electrical nighttime heating. For the next alternate week, the building was operated with nighttime heat energy stored from daytime collection of solar energy. Preliminary indications are that solar heating of existing homes and of new houses in Iowa may be a practical way of helping to solve current energy demands.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Schuster, D. H.
"Construction and Evaluation of a Small Solar-Heated Building,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 83(2), 77-80.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol83/iss2/10