Hybrid House, The: Designing with Sun, Wind, Water, and Earth

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The Hybrid House highlights real people who have used a combination of design strategies to reduce their energy use - sometimes by as much as 90 percent!   Author and photographer Catherine Wanek showcases sustainable new and renovated houses that incorporate natural building materials like straw bales, adobe and real wood, with renewable energy systems, that will minimize a modern home's carbon footprint, while ensuring a healthy environment for residents. See inspiring contemporary examples from the ...

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Overview

The Hybrid House highlights real people who have used a combination of design strategies to reduce their energy use - sometimes by as much as 90 percent!   Author and photographer Catherine Wanek showcases sustainable new and renovated houses that incorporate natural building materials like straw bales, adobe and real wood, with renewable energy systems, that will minimize a modern home's carbon footprint, while ensuring a healthy environment for residents. See inspiring contemporary examples from the United States, Canada and Europe.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603160
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,461,419
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Author and photographer Catherine Wanek organized the building of a straw bale greenhouse in 1992 and has been an advocate for straw bale construction ever since. She produced and directed the Building with Straw video series, and spent nearly five years publishing and editing The Last Straw Journal. Her first book, The Art of Natural Building, was published in 2002. Wanek lives in Kingston, New Mexico
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In temperate climates the sun may be seasonal.

Typically, solar systems depend on temperature sensors, valves, electronic switches, antifreeze, and/or heat exchangers to keep pipes from freezing in the winter. However, the most practical solar hot water heaters are often the simplest.

In some climates, a solar thermal system can provide all the hot water a hybrid household needs, for both domestic use and space heating. A radiant heating system circulates warm water (about 100 degrees Fahrenheit) through durable polyethylene (PEX) tubing encased in concrete floors or thick plaster. As it is pumped through the system, the warm water radiates its heat into the mass surrounding it. When the sun is shining, a solar system can furnish this heat, backed up by a conventional or on-demand hot water heater.

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Table of Contents

8 What is a Hybrid House?

10 Dangers and Opportunities

15 Strategies

33 Southwest

47 South

65 Midwest

85 Northeast

95 West Coast

113 Europe

140 An Inspired Future

142 Resources

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