One of the hallmarks of a home’s energy efficiency is its thermal performance. So it’s important to understand the distinction between the concepts of thermal mass and insulation.
Virtu solar tubes utilize a hybrid design that incorporates both PV cells for solar energy, and solar thermal conduction for heating. Best of all, the hybrid arrangement helps both components work better than standalone systems, proving the old adage that the whole really can be greater than the sum of its parts.
Northern California’s coastline offers some spectacular views, but it’s also an environmentally sensitive area. The Stinson Beach House, a recent Marin County project from the architects at Berkeley-based WA Design, is a perfect fit for this unique setting thanks to its small footprint and energy efficient design.