Considering heat a form of energy, the mechanical theory of heat (MTH), in making this historic advance of heat’s ontological-category, made a relational-category error. The resulting energetic viewpoint of MTH sees all changes in nature as energy conversions and the problem of building heating and cooling as, quantitatively, energy-demand-and-supply problem. The IEA-ECBCS-programme introduced a correction to this energetic bias with the principle of “matching the quality levels between the energy supply and demand,” which is known as LowEx approach. A recently formulated theory of heat, the predicative entropic theory of heat (PETH), is based on the cornerstone of correct categories of heat ontologically as well as predicatively (relationally). In the new theory, heat extraction plays a central role and, therefore, changes in nature are seen in terms of spontaneous entropy growth and heat extraction as powered by entropy growth potentials (EGPs). An alternative to the IEA-ECBCS’s LowEx approach is suggested here based on heat extraction. Instead of matching of quality levels, LowEx can also be achieved by the management of natural EGPs: the combined solar and heat pump systems (S+HPs) can be transformed into LowEx S+HPs, a pure heat extraction system, by “eliminating” the energy conversion process of auxiliary heating.
Part of the book: Application of Exergy