The passive solar house
Finally there is a contemporary book that demonstrates the potential for heating and cooling a home with free energy. This new volume is a welcome addition to the canon of indispensable solar construction books, bringing fully up to date for the 1990s the legendary promise of 1970s-era solar pioneers: the promise of a home that heats and cools itself with minimal use of a back-up furnace.Whether you are adopting the model developed by Jim Kachadorian or using another designer's layout and plan, The Passive Solar House will provide you with pragmatic, immediately applicable solar design advice that is usable in any region or climate. Information includes: -- Proper siting and strategic window selection and placement-- Energy and money-saving construction tips-- Ideal air-exchange rates, and ways to avoid overheating-- Methods for gauging and maximizing thermal mass-- Criteria for sizing of back-up heating systems-- Interior design for year-round comfortThis book is brimful of worthwhile, constructive how-to advice, and gives readers the basis for understanding the hows and whys of solar design, including a succinct presentation of ten key solar-design principles that have defined and guided solar architecture for thousands of years.
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The passive solar houseUser Review - Book Verdict
Published in concert with the Real Goods Trading Company of California, this book explains in detail the whys and wherefores of a particular form of passive solar design, formerly patented but now in the public domain. The patent was held by the author and used while he was president of Green Mountain Homes, a fabricator of post-and-beam kit homes. The science he used and describes here is settled and elegant, even quaint, and is detailed to a degree that could be off-putting to some readers. On the bright side, the enthusiasm he brings to the subject is useful, even to those prospective homebuilders who may not be interested in solar heating and cooling. The book is suffused with a sensitivity to environmental issues of all sorts, a useful perspective in these resource-limited times. An essentially simple book, elegant in presentation and forceful in argument; recommended for extensive scientific (for the references and associated calculations) and/or broader home-building collections.--Alexander Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Williamsport, Pa.
Review: The Passive Solar House: Using Solar Design to Heat and Cool Your Home (Real Goods Independent Living Book)User Review - Jonathan - Goodreads
James Kachadorian shares his design building a convection-powered passive-solar heat sink into the floor to stabilize a house's temperature and reduce (but not replace) other heating systems. Complete ... Read full review
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THE PASSIVE SOLAR CONCEPT
THE SOLAR SLAB AND BASIC SOLAR DESIGN
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