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Passive Solar Workshop Scheduled Feb. 3 in Las Cruces

LAS CRUCES -- Builders, designers and homeowners can learn more about passive solar home design during a day-long workshop Feb. 3 in Las Cruces.

"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 Michael Cormier, a passive solar home builder and energy educator, and Steve Cook, program coordinator from the Energy Center at University of Texas-El Paso.

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.

"Although the guidelines featured at the workshop are tailored for the Las Cruces and El Paso climates, 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 Las Cruces Association of Realtors' Building, 150 E. Idaho Ave., Las Cruces. Registration is $65 and includes a design manual and lunch. For more information, contact Emmel at (505) 646-3425, or your local Extension office.