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The solar house : passive heating and cooling

Author: Daniel D Chiras
Publisher: White River Junction, VT : Chelsea Green Pub., 2002.
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While heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Yet "natural conditioning" -- heating and cooling with passive solar techniques -- is a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, the author highlights certain egregious errors and shows how to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel D Chiras
ISBN: 1931498121 9781931498128
OCLC Number: 50494777
Notes: "Books for living wisely from Mother earth news"--Preliminary page.
Description: x, 274 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : achieving comfort in any climate --
Fundamentals of integrated passive design --
Energy-efficient design and construction --
Passive solar heating : region-specific design --
Supplying back-up heat sustainably --
Passive solar heating : region-specific design --
Supplying back-up heat sustainably --
Passive cooling: region-specific design --
Health matters : optimum air quality in passively conditioned homes --
Designing a passively conditioned home and assessing its performance --
Going solar? Why not go all the way? --
Appendix : mean percentage of possible sunshine.
Responsibility: Daniel D. Chiras.
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While heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Yet "natural conditioning" -- heating and cooling with passive solar techniques -- is a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, the author highlights certain egregious errors and shows how to avoid them. The author shows how to select a cost-effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly backup heating system; how to preserve indoor air quality in an airtight, energy-efficient home; and ways of employing green building materials in a naturally conditioned home.

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