The Passive Solar House: Using Solar Design to Cool and Heat Your Home, 2nd Edition (Google eBook)

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Jul 31, 2006 - Architecture - 224 pages
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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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Contents

THE PASSIVE SOLAR CONCEPT
14
THE SOLAR SLAB AND BASIC SOLAR DESIGN
26
INSULATION VENTING AND FRESH AIR
44
BASIC LAYOUTS AND FLOOR PLANS
56
HOW TO DO THE SOLAR DESIGN CALCULATIONS
64
THE FOUNDATION PLAN AND BACKUP HEATING AND COOLING
94
A SIDEHILL VARIATION AND SOLAR DESIGN WORKSHEETS
116
SUNSPACES AND SPECIAL DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
140
INTERIOR DESIGN FOR YEARROUND COMFORT
152
THREE PROJECTS
164
APPENDIX 2
181
APPENDIX 3
197
APPENDIX 6
213
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James Kachadorian is a civil engineer with degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the founder of Green Mountain Homes, a company which gained national recognition as the first provider of innovative, manufactured solar homes. He has built more than 300 passive solar homes. Kachadorian resides in Woodstock, Vermont.

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