The Passive Solar Houseby James Kachadorian
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 comfort
This 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 book's author is an engineer with considerable experience. In the first 60-70 pages he does a great job explaining the basic concepts and ideas of how the house works. After page 70 though, the author pulls out his slide rule and begins going through all the caluclations of how to figure out how much heat will be required for the house, how much of it you can expect to get from the sun in your part of the country. Engineers, architects and builders should find this a very valuable guide with all the charts and tables included.