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An Appalachian House (Virginia, USA)

The Design and Analysis of a Passive Solar House

This thesis project provides the design and energy analysis for a passive solar house in the Appalachian region of the United States. It is a proposal for the design of a house situated on a plot of land within the town limits of Blacksburg, Virginia. It incorporates ideas drawn from many sources, particularly from this region of Appalachia -- its geology, architectural heritage, building materials, history, Blacksburg's Comprehensive Plan, housing, agriculture and energy resources. An introduction discusses some ideas on architecture followed by chapters which provide the basis upon which the design was developed, then a description of the house design and drawings followed by an analysis of the environmental responsiveness of the design using a computer program called "Energy Scheming."