Solar Domestic Water Heating: The Earthscan Expert Handbook for Planning, Design and Installation

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Solar Domestic Water Heating is a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of solar domestic water heating systems. As fossil fuel prices continue to rise and awareness of climate change grows, interest in domestic solar water heating is expanding.

Solar water heating technology is the most environmentally-friendly way to heat water. This fully-illustrated and easy-to-follow guide shows how domestic solar water heating systems work, the different types of systems, types of collectors, both flat plate and evacuated tube, types of storage tanks and other accessories. It also shows how systems are installed and explains how solar water heating can be integrated into existing water heating systems. Numerous examples from around the world have been included. The ideal guide for plumbers, heating engineers, builders and architects, housing and property developers, home owners and DIY enthusiasts, and anyone who needs a clear introduction to solar water heating technology.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'A great overview of good and bad practice with solar heating systems.'
Berthold Breid, CEO, Renewables Academy (RENAC), Berlin

'If you are going to spend thousands of pounds, euros or dollars on a system, read this book. It will give you a thorough grounding in the subject, and prompt you to ask the right questions to your installer.'
Permaculture Magazine

'Earthscan bill these volumes as expert handbooks and they do not disappoint. They will save you from making costly mistakes and are well worth the cover price ... This series is pitched at just the right level for specialists - detailed, well illustrated, full of information yet readable. You can buy similar books cheaper but you won't get the level of detail or the clarity of explanation and illustrations.'
Permaculture Magazine

'The Expert Handbook by Chris Laughton is really worthy of its name. High quality components, design and installation are at the core of the book, which gives a great overview of good and bad practice with solar heating systems.'
Berthold Breid, CEO, Renewables Academy (RENAC), Berlin

'A comprehensive introduction to all aspects of solar domestic water heating systems... Well written, easy to read, and definitely a comprehensive guide. Recommended reading for anyone with an interest in the subject - An excellent book!'
Building Engineer Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844077366
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2010
  • Series: Earthscan Expert Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Laughton is Managing Director of The Solar Design Company. He is an experienced heating engineer, author and lecturer, and a regular columnist in magazines, journals and on-line media.

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Table of Contents

1. What is Solar Heating?

2. Solar Radiation and Resources

3. How Solar DWH Works

4. Solar Collectors

5. Solar Heating Systems

6. Additional Components

7. System Layouts

8. Designing a System

9. Sizing System Components

10. Installation

11. The Economics of Solar Heating

12. Other Types of Solar Heating

13. Case Studies

14. Glossary

Further Information
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