Cost effectiveness of atrium to passively cool?
I am narrowing my building plan design options for hot, humid Georgia climate. Because nature has deemed the emphasis be heavily placed on cooling here, I am hoping to obtain some ‘free’ cooling and effective daylighting through design.
Considering the cost involved with a south facing, 2 story, basement to upper floor solarium/atrium 8″ x 15″, am I barking up the wrong tree?
I recently became aware of solar chimneys, and wondered if that design (or something else) may be more cost effective?
Prevailing winds are northwest, 5-7 mph. Another factor would be allergy concerns and keeping windows closed during pollen season.
Any insights from the contributors here, would be greatly valued.
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