Author: Daniel D. Chiras
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: 2002-10-01
Genre: House & Home
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.
Author: David Bainbridge
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: 2011-08-18
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.
Author: James Kachadorian
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Release Date: 2006-07-31
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.
Author: Peter Van Dresser
Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
Release Date: 1977
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.
Author: Michael J. Crosbie
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 1998
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.
Author: A. A. M. Sayigh
Release Date: 2012-12-02
Genre: Technology & Engineering
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 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.
Author: James Kachadorian
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Release Date: 2006-01-01
Genre: House & Home
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 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 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.