A "how to do it" approach to building your own passive solar house. To be fair not truly passive solar as a backup heating system is essential. Some books give overviews of passive solar designs, while others go into generalised details of calculations. This is not a high brow technical book aimed at technical people. This book gives one design, the solar slab, that is proven, and the calculations to design the essentials. An example house is used throughout the book. The attractions of the design - a Trombe wall laid flat and the house built on it - is that it costs no more to construct that any other house, and can look like any traditional design. This is a true bonus in England, where in many regions the planners frequently reject designs not blending in with the surrounding very old traditional houses.
The book is well laid out and easy to read and can be interpreted by most people with common sense. Even the foundations are displayed in cut away drawing form in precise detail. The tables are for the USA, but can be easily substituted by the equivalent UK tables. From my viewpoint, it would nice if the UK tables were incorporated though. Further detail on the control functionality of the backup heating and fans would be beneficial.
If anyone is considering building a passive solar house, and does not have a bottomless pit of money, this book is essential reading.