The Passive Solar House: Using Solar Design to Cool and Heat Your Home

The Passive Solar House: Using Solar Design to Cool and Heat Your Home


By (author) James Kachadorian

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  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 167mm x 232mm x 28mm | 717g
  • Publication date: 11 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: White River Junction
  • ISBN 10: 1933392037
  • ISBN 13: 9781933392035
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 8 Pages of Color Photos and Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 125,603

Product description

Revised and Expanded Edition - Includes CD-ROM with Custom Design Software For the past ten years The Passive Solar House has offered proven techniques for building homes that heat and cool themselves, using readily available materials and methods familiar to all building contractors and many do-it-yourself homeowners. True to this innovative, straightforward approach, the new edition of this best-selling guide includes CSOL passive solar design software, making it easier than ever to heat your home with the power of the sun. Since The Passive Solar House was first published, passive solar construction expert James Kachadorian has perfected user-friendly, Windows-compatible software to supplement the design process explained in the book by allowing homeowners/designers to enter the specifications of their design and see how changing a variable will affect its energy efficiency. This is the building book for a world of climbing energy costs. Applicable to diverse regions, climates, budgets, and styles of architecture, Kachadorian's techniques translate the essentials of timeless solar design into practical wisdom for today's solar builders. Profiles of successful passive solar design, construction, and retrofit projects from readers of the first edition provide inspiration to first-time homebuilders and renovators alike.

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Table of contents

Preface 1. Let Nature Heat Your Home 2. The Passive Solar Concept 3. The Solar Slab and Basic Solar Design 4. Insulation, Venting, and Fresh Air 5. Basic Layouts and Floor Plans 6. How to Do the Solar Design Calculations 7. The Foundation Plan, and Backup Heating and Cooling 8. A Sidehill Variation, and Solar Design Worksheets 9. Sunspaces and Special Design Considerations 10. Interior Design for Year-Round Comfort (by Cornelia C. Kachadorian) 11. Three Projects 12. Using the CSOL Computer Program