Solar Dog House
Solar dog houses have particular appeal to folks living in the cold northern
climes. The basic idea is to keep your dog warm by employing solar technology in
the dog house design.
If you peruse Google Groups, you'll come across a number of ideas for
building solar dog houses. One contributor suggests making a house with a solar
heat collector as the outer layer on the south side. The collector is made from
a glass window positioned over a black water-filled mattress that rests against
the inner layer of the roof. The water in the mattress heats up during the day
and functions as a radiator to provide warmth for a good portion of the night.
To help retain the heat, a "shutter" with a reflective foil coating on the
inside is placed over the collector at nighttime.
came across this solar dog house while doing some Googling. It features an insulated cedar
living den fronted by a solar unit made from polycarbonate panels. The solar
unit is essentially a miniature green house with a circular doorway. As the sun
shines down on it, the solar unit heats up and channels some of the heat into
the adjoining living quarters of the dog. At night-time, the dog must rely on
his own body heat and whatever residual heat remains from the solar heating.
(Presumably, an inexpensive light-bulb heater could also be used). During warm
weather, a reflective cover can be attached to the solar unit to keep the
temperature from getting too high.
team from the Florida Solar Energy Center created the "K-9
Comfort Cottage," a dog house that integrates solar energy and building
strategies with dog comfort in mind. The structure was made of extruded PVC
sheets on its sides and three solar panels on a white reflective roof. The solar
panels powered a dog porch light, nighttime ventilation fan and an overhead
"tail-safe" ceiling fan. The K-9 Comfort Cottage was designed for a hot,
humid climate although the builders provide adaptations that can be made for a