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Passive solar, Thermal insulation

Thermal insulation - the material or a combination of materials that retard the transfer of heat. Heat may be transmitted between materials by the process of convection, conduction or radiation. Insulators reduce the flow of heat.

In passive solar building design, windows, walls and floors are made to collect, store, and distribute solar energy in the form of heat in the winter and reject solar heat in the summer. This is called passive solar design because, unlike active solar heating systems, it does not involve the use of mechanical and electrical devices.