The Passive Solar House: The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your Home (Google eBook)
Revised and Expanded Edition - Includes CD-ROM with Custom Design Software
For the past ten years The Passive Solar House has offered proven techniques for building homes that heat and cool themselves, using readily available materials and methods familiar to all building contractors and many do-it-yourself homeowners.
True to this innovative, straightforward approach, the new edition of this best-selling guide includes CSOL passive solar design software, making it easier than ever to heat your home with the power of the sun. Since The Passive Solar House was first published, passive solar construction expert James Kachadorian has perfected user-friendly, Windows-compatible software to supplement the design process explained in the book by allowing homeowners/designers to enter the specifications of their design and see how changing a variable will affect its energy efficiency.
This is the building book for a world of climbing energy costs. Applicable to diverse regions, climates, budgets, and styles of architecture, Kachadorian's techniques translate the essentials of timeless solar design into practical wisdom for today's solar builders. Profiles of successful passive solar design, construction, and retrofit projects from readers of the first edition provide inspiration to first-time homebuilders and renovators alike.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Describes some original thinking into solar houses: This is the first book on solar house design that I've seen where the author is a professional engineer who worked in the housing industry. He built houses of the conventional design when energy was cheap. When the price of energy started going up he began looking into solar heated homes and eventually got a patent on a passive system that is remarkably inexpensive when compared with other systems. Basically he designed a large mass of concrete that acts as a big heat sink. That is, when the house is warmer than the concrete, heat flows into the concrete, cooling the house. When the house is cooler. Heat flows out from the concrete, warming the house. There are a lot of solar systems that work this way, the advantage of his is that it uses standard, i.e. cheap, concrete blocks and a poured slab. He further designs the layout of this concrete so that air would flow through passages in the concrete blocks without the necessity of having blowers to force the air through. All in all, the book contains some very clever ideas, and has both simple explanations of how it works with enough theory and mathematics to enable you to design your own house. This is made easier through using the software contained on the CD supplied with the book. Here is a fairly complete, fairly simple design tool that will allow you to do a lot of the basic design work of your own solar home. This is not the style of your home, it is the design of the solar aspects. Anyone thinking of a solar home would be foolish to not spend the few dollars this book costs to get and understand Mr. Kachadorian's concepts.
Review: Passive Solar House: The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your HomeUser Review - Goodreads
I checked this out from the library and I liked it well enough to decide to buy myself a copy and use it if I ever get around to building a passive solar home. It is a very thorough, practical and ...
THE SOLAR SLAB AND BASIC SOLAR DESIGN
INSULATION VENTING AND FRESH AIR
BASIC LAYOUTS AND FLOOR PLANS
HOW TO DO THE SOLAR DESIGN CALCULATIONS
THE FOUNDATION PLAN AND BACKUP HEATING AND COOLING
A SIDEHILL VARIATION AND SOLAR DESIGN WORKSHEETS
SUNSPACES AND SPECIAL DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
INTERIOR DESIGN FOR YEARROUND COMFORT