Potted plants as thermal mass?
I have read rules of thumb to calculate the size of a thermal mass as concrete floor or trombe walls ect to take advantage of passive solar heating. Do similar rules of thumb exist to calculate thermal mass of other materials such as soil in large indoor potted plants and trees and a wood stove hearth and mantle? I’m designing a home (Maine zone 6) with south facing (20deg from due south) high SHGC glazing that is 10-12% of the heated floor area. Given that this is at the upper end of what is recommended I’d like to make sure I have enough thermal mass to avoid overheating in the summer. I had planned on wood floors not tile, stone or concrete hence the reason for my query.
Am I worrying about this unnecessarily? If not, any literature to help determine how much (non concrete floor) mass I need would be appreciated!
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