- Paperback: 286 pages
- Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co; First printing of this edition edition (1 Jan. 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1931498121
- ISBN-13: 978-1931498128
- Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 1.8 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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- #86 in Books > Home & Garden > Buying & Developing Property > DIY > Energy Efficiency
- #92 in Books > Science & Nature > Engineering & Technology > Civil Engineering > Building Construction & Materials > Heating, Lighting & Ventilation
- #252 in Books > Science & Nature > Engineering & Technology > Energy Technology > Alternative Energy
The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling: 10 Paperback – 1 Jan 1990
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"An excellent guide for embracing ecologically-friendly living."--Midwest Book Review
This text presents a relatively nontechnical description of passive solar heating and cooling principles that can be used in the construction of homes heated and cooled simply through the absorption or dissipation of sunlight. The author, who has designed a number of these homes, discusses region-specific design strategies, the integration of envirSee all Product description
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Rather than being a guide to passive solar home design, it is instead really a comprehensive guide to energy efficient home design, with passive solar techniques being one of the topics covered.
Some of the topics covered in this book include:
1). Building techniques for energy efficiency, with an extensive coverage of insulation materials and techniques, including insulation of foundations and slabs.
2). Backup (to solar) heating and cooling including discussion of the geothermal heat pump, a technique that provides considerably better energy efficiency than the conventional heat pump, and one that can be used in colder climates where conventional heat pumps are not viable.
3). A consideration of health issues associated with all the design alternatives, including such matters as air quality/ventilation techniques, and environmental issues associated with various construction materials such as the different types of insulation.
I recently bought another book that was explicitly on the topic of energy efficient home design, but this one covers the subject with more thorough and useful information.
I also appreciate that there was little mention of photovoltaics, although the author indicates he does have solar panels in his own home, I interpret his lack of coverage of this technology in the book an indication that he has correctly recognized that they do not make economic or environmental sense at the present time nor in the forseeable future.