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Passive Solar Workshop Scheduled March 2 in Albuquerque

LAS CRUCES -- Builders, designers and homeowners can learn more about passive solar home design during a day-long workshop March 2 in Albuquerque.

"The idea of passive solar is simple, but applying it effectively does require information and attention to the details of design and construction," said JoAnn Emmel, energy specialist with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

The workshop, "Passive Solar Design Strategies," will feature Mark Chalom, solar designer and analyst.

Workshop topics will include building components and performance, comfort and cost considerations, and solar gain and orientation. Passive Solar Industries Council solar design guidelines also will be featured. "Information from the workshop will help adapt the guidelines to any area in New Mexico," Emmel said.

The guidelines deal with energy, ventilation, comfort and cost issues, and describe methods for constructing passive solar projects without doing lengthy calculations.

The workshop is sponsored by Extension, the Passive Solar Industries Council and the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn East, 25 Hotel Circle, Albuquerque. Registration is $55 prior to Feb. 21 and $65 thereafter. A design manual and lunch are included. For more information, contact Emmel at (505) 646-3425, or your local Extension office.