Solar House

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Routledge, May 16, 2012 - Architecture - 240 pages
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Covering the full life span of the project, from siting issues through specific design features to maintenance of the property and equipment, this is a comprehensive guide to designing, planning and building a solar house.

The author uses his experience of living in a solar house to inform the reader of the technology and practices needed for the design, operation and maintenance of the solar home. Each of the technologies of the house, such as space heating and cooling, domestic hot water and electric power technologies, are critiqued from the point of view of the owner/resident, with the author using his thirty years experience of living in a solar home. This provides home owners who are thinking of going solar with first hand evidence of best practice, and provides the architect and designer with the knowledge of how to best satisfy their clients needs.
 

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Contents

1 Goal of this guide
1
2 Site location
15
3 Thermal mass heated by solar and by groundcoupled
35
4 Attached greenhouse passive heating
46
5 Domestic hot water
60
6 Combined DHW and swimming pool heating
75
7 Space heating
84
8 Space cooling
113
12 Payback economics
154
13 Thermal performance monitoring and control
159
14 Solar energy future options
175
References and Further reading
189
List of useful websites
192
Abbreviations
195
Glossary
199
Appendix
203

9 PV electric power
125
10 Annual energy use
145
11 Maintenance saves money
149

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