by A Thorne (19-Jul-2011)
This introductory guide is for anyone interested in generating heat using solar thermal systems. It covers the main issues associated with the planning, installation and operation of solar thermal systems in dwellings, and identifies the key characteristics that make a building suitable for a solar thermal system. Indicative costs and benefits are given, as well as sample calculations showing the financial return for a typical household, although much of this information can be applied to all types and sizes of building. References are given to legislative requirements design, installation, commissioning and control; standards; and details of financial incentives.
This is one in a series of five BRE Information Papers on the main renewable energy technologies for buildings and communities, covering biomass systems; photovoltaic systems; large-scale low-carbon heating; ground source heat pumps and low-temperature heating; and solar thermal systems.
Format: A4 6pp