The Solar House

Passive Heating and Cooling

Author: Daniel D. Chiras

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603580158

Category: House & Home

Page: 286

View: 6380

Passive solar heating and passive cooling—approaches known as natural conditioning—provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Now Dan Chiras, author of the popular book The Natural House, brings those principles up to date for a new generation of solar enthusiasts. The techniques required to heat and cool a building passively have been used for thousands of years. Early societies such as the Native American Anasazis and the ancient Greeks perfected designs that effectively exploited these natural processes. The Greeks considered anyone who didn't use passive solar to heat a home to be a barbarian! In the United States, passive solar architecture experienced a major resurgence of interest in the 1970s in response to crippling oil embargoes. With grand enthusiasm but with scant knowledge (and sometimes little common sense), architects and builders created a wide variety of solar homes. Some worked pretty well, but looked more like laboratories than houses. Others performed poorly, overheating in the summer because of excessive or misplaced windows and skylights, and growing chilly in the colder months because of insufficient thermal mass and insulation and poor siting. In The Solar House, Dan Chiras sets the record straight on the vast potential for passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, he highlights certain egregious—and entirely avoidable—errors. More importantly, Chiras explains in methodical detail how today's home builders can succeed with solar designs. Now that energy efficiency measures including higher levels of insulation and multi-layered glazing have become standard, it is easier than ever before to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate. Moreover, since modern building materials and airtight construction methods sometimes result in air-quality and even toxicity problems, Chiras explains state-of-the-art ventilation and filtering techniques that complement the ancient solar strategies of thermal mass and daylighting. Chiras also explains the new diagnostic aids available in printed worksheet or software formats, allowing readers to generate their own design schemes.

The Passive Solar House

Using Solar Design to Cool and Heat Your Home, 2nd Edition

Author: James Kachadorian

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603582401

Category: Architecture

Page: 224

View: 7100

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.

Passive Solar Architecture

Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting and More Using Natural Flows

Author: David Bainbridge,Ken Haggard

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 160358420X

Category: Architecture

Page: 304

View: 6363

New buildings can be designed to be solar oriented, naturally heated and cooled, naturally lit and ventilated, and made with renewable, sustainable materials—no matter the location or climate. In this comprehensive overview of passive solar design, two of America’s solar pioneers give homeowners, architects, designers, and builders the keys to successfully harnessing the sun and maximizing climate resources for heating, cooling, ventilation, and daylighting. Bainbridge and Haggard draw upon examples from their own experiences, as well as those of others, of more than three decades to offer both overarching principles as well as the details and formulas needed to successfully design a more comfortable, healthy, and secure place in which to live, laugh, dance, and be comfortable. Even if the power goes off. Passive Solar Architecture also discusses “greener” and more-sustainable building materials and how to use them, and explores the historical roots of green design that have made possible buildings that produce more energy and other resources than they use.

Passive Solar Simplified

Easily Design a Truly Green House for Colorado and the West

Author: Thomas Doerr

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781452856575

Category: House & Home

Page: 116

View: 691

"Learn just what you need to know about passive solar house design for western states"--P. [4] of cover.

The Passive Solar Design and Construction Handbook

Author: Michael J. Crosbie,Steven Winter Associates

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780471183082

Category: Architecture

Page: 291

View: 6453

The only complete guide to passive solar design and construction The Passive Solar Design and Construction Handbook is an unbeatable guide for architects and building contractors who want to satisfy the growing demand for passive solar residential design. A complete revision of the bible of passive solar design originally published by the U.S. Department of Energy, this is the only comprehensive guide to adapting standard building practices to current passive solar applications. It supplies detailed, step-by-step information on all practical aspects of passive solar design and construction and fills you in on all the latest advances in materials and building techniques—including the most recent findings on material and assembly performance. You'll also find the latest techniques for computer simulation and energy analysis. This timely and informative book: Reviews passive solar design principles Discusses the unique design opportunities inherent in passive solar homes Describes the various solar home types Introduces the principles of "whole-house" design Includes more than 300 illustrations, complete construction details and notes, and dozens of helpful case studies Explores important regional issues, such as termite shields, pressure treating wood, attic ventilation, and special structural requirements in seismic areas. For building contractors, architects, and anyone interested in state-of-the-art passive solar construction, The Passive Solar Design and Construction Handbook saves hours of research and provides the complete, authoritative, up-to-date information that professionals need to take on a challenging job with confidence.

Passive Solar House Basics

Author: Peter Van Dresser

Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers

ISBN: 9780941270908

Category: Architecture

Page: 136

View: 9277

Anyone who has been in a solar house, on a cold winter day has felt the warmth and comfort of its natural radiant heat. In 1958, solar pioneer Peter van Dresser built his first solar-heated house, one of the two oldest in the United States. In this book van Dresser lays out in text and illustration the principles an owner builder will need to know in siting, designing, building and living in their solar house. Several sample house plans, ideas for solar hot water heaters, and plans for solar crop dryers give the solar enthusiast the basic information they will need to begin plans on their efficient home. This book shows that solar energy can be economically harnessed by simple means. Means that are within the grasp of the average homeowner and builder.

Solar Energy Application in Buildings

Author: A. A. M. Sayigh

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 0323149464

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 460

View: 8304

Solar Energy Application in Buildings discusses the successful utilization of the Sun’s energy in various cultures, continents, and climates. This book consists of 19 chapters and begins with considerable chapters devoted to the fundamentals of solar energy, including climate, storage, and material properties. The subsequent chapters discuss the concept of passive heating and cooling in buildings. The remaining nine chapters deal with various applications of solar energy in buildings in the United States, Iran, Canada, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Great Britain, India, and France. This work will be of great value to scientists and engineers who are interested in the great potential of solar energy.

Passive and Low Energy Architecture

Proceedings of the Second International PLEA Conference, Crete, Greece, 28 June-1 July 1983

Author: Simos Yannas,Arthur Bowen

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483156044

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 872

View: 4937

Passive and Low Energy Architecture contains the proceedings of the Second International PLEA Conference held in Crete, Greece, on June 28 to July 1, 1983. The book is organized into four parts as the topics of the conference. The first part brings together papers dealing with case studies of individual buildings or groups of buildings, completed or to be built, and of community planning. The case studies cover examples from 13 countries in Europe, North and Latin America, North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The second part contains papers on experimental work and technical developments with passive and low energy systems and components. The third section focuses on the ill-defined but crucial to designers, area of design aids. The fourth section centers on implementation and management of these energy systems, including topics of international programs, education, and training of design professionals. The book will be useful to energy conscious designers, architects, engineers, and planners in this field of interest.

The Passive Solar House

Author: James Kachadorian

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781933392035

Category: House & Home

Page: 224

View: 6376

Offering proven techniques for building homes that heat and cool themselves, this new, updated edition includes CSOL passive polar design software, making it easier than ever to heat a home with the power of the sun.

Passive and Low Energy Alternatives I

The First International PLEA Conference, Bermuda, September 13-15, 1982

Author: Arthur Bowen,Robert Vagner

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483190552

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 470

View: 3425

Passive and Low Energy Alternatives I presents the proceedings of the First International PLEA Conference held in Bermuda on September 13-15, 1982 which aims to establish an international forum to report on the developments in the many related topics covered in this fast growing area of global concern that effects all of mankind. The book covers papers on bioclimatology, design methods and tools; site planning/landscape; and vernacular and indigenous architecture. The text also includes papers on innovative design; retrofits and renovations; daylighting; earth contact; and greenhouses. Papers on thermal storage; performance and simulation; social, cultural, economic considerations; and renewable alternatives are also considered. The book further presents papers on passive and hybrid cooling and heating; agricultural applications; and country monographs.

Solar House

Author: Terry Galloway

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136366016

Category: Architecture

Page: 240

View: 9051

Covering the full life span of the project, from siting issues through specific design features to maintenance of the property and equipment, this is a comprehensive guide to designing, planning and building a solar house. The author uses his experience of living in a solar house to inform the reader of the technology and practices needed for the design, operation and maintenance of the solar home. Each of the technologies of the house, such as space heating and cooling, domestic hot water and electric power technologies, are critiqued from the point of view of the owner/resident, with the author using his thirty years experience of living in a solar home. This provides home owners who are thinking of going solar with first hand evidence of best practice, and provides the architect and designer with the knowledge of how to best satisfy their clients needs.

Passive and Low Energy Ecotechniques

Proceedings of the Third International PLEA Conference, Mexico City, Mexico, 6–11 August 1984

Author: Arthur Bowen,Simos Yannas

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483150046

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 1134

View: 4203

Passive and Low Energy Ecotechniques (PLEA) presents the proceedings of the Third International PLEA Conference held in Mexico City, Mexico on August 6-11, 1984. The book includes papers on state-of-the-art selected topics aimed at providing a basic knowledge; country and regional or personal monographs to continue the exchange of national information which is an established feature of PLEA; and position papers for the topic seminars. The text also presents papers on vernacular shelter and settlement; case studies of new buildings and retrofits, urban and community planning and design, photovoltaic systems implementation, cooling systems, modeling and simulation, guidelines and tools for design and planning.

Passive Solar Buildings

Author: J. Douglas Balcomb

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262023412

Category: Science

Page: 534

View: 9305

Describes developments in passive solar technology that will save time, energy, and resources in planning for the buildings of the future.

Solar Heating and Cooling

Active and Passive Design

Author: Frank Kreith

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9780070354869

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 479

View: 3818

Discusses solar-energy concepts and requirements and the principles of heat transfer and details the designs and operation of economically feasible systems for heating and air-conditioning buildings

Midori Haus

Transformation from Old House to Green Future with Passive House

Author: Chie Kawahara

Publisher: Hybrid Global Publishing

ISBN: 1938015762

Category: Architecture

Page: 282

View: 3823

Managing a major remodel of your home involves learning various aspects of a construction project: permitting; hiring contractors; clarifying what you really mean and want; managing a budget; overseeing quality, avoiding regrets; doing what’s right for yourself and standing up for yourself. It’s a big job. The learning curve is high and often we homeowners don’t get to apply the skills we learned again. In this book, the stories of a couple going through this learning curve is told through the lens of a novice just like a conversation with a homeowner over a cup of tea. What they thought they wanted (a brand new house in modern minimalist style with solar panels and recycled materials) is very different than what they ended up with (remodel of a 90-year-old house in the classic Arts and Crafts style to meet the stringent international building standard called Passive House). What caused this shift? How did they choose the contractor? How did they navigate out of overwhelm of green building choices? How did they manage the relationships? What would they do differently? Was it worth it? This book chronicles the journey by a couple from choosing the location through living in the house after the renovation completion. It wasn’t all about finding smart people and following expert guidance. When expert opinions diverged and they got stuck in analysis paralysis they had to trust their judgment and chose what they felt was right for them. After all, they’ll be living in the house for years after the experts are gone. Reviews for MIDORI HAUS: "Chie Kawahara is a storyteller. Her book, Midori Haus, tells a compelling story in a conversational style about a couple who wanted to remodel an older home that would use as little energy as possible—and was comfortable and healthy to live in. Anyone who has an interest in green building—doing right for oneself and the planet—will find a friend in this book." -Jim Gunshinan, Editor, Home Energy Magazine “Midori Haus serves as a journey of adapting, learning, greening, nurturing, and caring for an old house by renewing the house to address current and future environmental challenges. The narrative is delightfully educational – the design process of achieving the passive house standard will be better understood through these stories and conversations.” -Alison G. Kwok, Ph.D., AIA, CPHC, University of Oregon "The international Passive House standard has gained a deserved reputation as the fastest growing building energy efficiency standard in the world. Unsurprisingly, publications about it have mostly been by and for industry professionals. Midori Haus represents an alternative, introducing readers to Passive House through the eyes of a homeowner undertaking a remodeling project. Chie Kawahara takes readers along on her journey of discovery and remodeling triumph. She makes the process understandable and accessible and readers are given practical tools they can use on their own Passive House projects. There's nothing like a good case study told by the people involved to bring abstract concepts to life. Midori Haus doesn't disappoint." -Elrond Burrell, Architect, CPHD, blogger "In this delightful book, Chie Kawahara describes the process she and her husband went through to purchase a 1920s bungalow and turn it into a state-of- the-art, healthy, green, Passive House. This account of their experiences is highly instructional for anyone considering buying and renovating a house, and it’s a wonderful read!" -Alex Wilson, Founder, BuildingGreen, Inc.

Toward a Zero Energy Home

A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home

Author: David Johnston,Scott Gibson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781600851438

Category: House & Home

Page: 250

View: 3508

If bread is the staff of life, then this book by renowned artisanal baker Daniel Leader is every home baker's must-have cookbook. Featuring an amazing array of incredible delicacies made with yeast, it's the perfect combination of easy and sophisticated recipes, with the keys to unlocking basics of working with yeasted doughs. Who can resist a collection of 50 mouthwatering treats, essential recipes for everyone who loves bread? The menu includes must-bake breakfast classics like crumpets and English muffins and three irresistible Bs: bagels, brioche and bialys, plus rarer treats such as cider doughnuts, beignets, babka and monkey bread. Bakers of all skill levels will learn tips and trade secrets from Leader, who has shared his vast knowledge with people around the world.

Sun Power

An Introduction to the Applications of Solar Energy

Author: J. C. McVeigh

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483285820

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 272

View: 5475

Sun Power: An Introduction to the Applications of Solar Energy, Second Edition is a non-technical introduction to the wide range of solar energy applications. It has been extensively updated and enlarged to include new sections on passive solar heating and cooling and an examination of the social, legal and environmental issues concerning solar technology and utilization. Practical construction details of several modern solar systems are included together with methods of assessing their economic viability. Contains an extensive bibliography of over 600 references.

Advances in Passive Cooling

Author: Mat Santamouris

Publisher: Earthscan

ISBN: 1849773963

Category: Architecture

Page: 340

View: 1628

Following a rapid increase in the use of air conditioning in buildings of all types, the energy demand for powering such devices has become a significant cause for concern. Passive cooling is increasingly being thought of as the best alternative to air conditioning.This book offers the latest knowledge and techniques on passive cooling, enabling building professionals to understand the state of the art and employ relevant new strategies. With separate chapters on comfort, urban microclimate, solar control, ventilation, ground cooling and evaporative and radiative cooling, this authoritative text will also be invaluable for architects, engineers and students working on building physics and low-energy design.Advances in Passive Cooling is part of the BEST series, edited by Mat Santamouris. The aim of the series is to present the most current, high quality theoretical and application oriented material in the field of solar energy and energy efficient buildings. Leading international experts cover the strategies and technologies that form the basis of high-performance, sustainable buildings, crucial to enhancing our built and urban environment.