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The Passive Solar House
     

The Passive Solar House

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by 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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Published in concert with the Real Goods Trading Company of California, this book explains in detail the whys and wherefores of a particular form of passive solar design, formerly patented but now in the public domain. The patent was held by the author and used while he was president of Green Mountain Homes, a fabricator of post-and-beam kit homes. The science he used and describes here is settled and elegant, even quaint, and is detailed to a degree that could be off-putting to some readers. On the bright side, the enthusiasm he brings to the subject is useful, even to those prospective homebuilders who may not be interested in solar heating and cooling. The book is suffused with a sensitivity to environmental issues of all sorts, a useful perspective in these resource-limited times. An essentially simple book, elegant in presentation and forceful in argument; recommended for extensive scientific (for the references and associated calculations) and/or broader home-building collections.Alexander Hartmann, INFOPHILE, Williamsport, Pa.
Booknews
Describes a technique for building homes that heat and cool themselves using ordinary building materials and methods familiar to building contractors and do-it-yourselfers. Explains how to build and use the author's formerly patented design for a solar heat exchanger built into the foundation of a house, with chapters on the passive solar concept, basic solar design, insulation and venting, basic layouts and floor plans, backup heating and cooling, and interior design. Includes many b&w photos, diagrams, and plans, plus useful calculations, formulas, and worksheets, and reference appendices of thermal properties of materials and temperature and latitude statistics for selected cities in the US and Canada. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780930031978
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Series:
Real Goods Independent Living Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
8.01(w) x 9.96(h) x 0.63(d)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.