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.
'The book that [Terry Galloway] has written is rich in details and science, yet it always maintains an easy, personable nature'
From the Foreword by Gary Gerber
Goal of this Guide; Site Location; Direct Solar Heating of Tiled Floors; Attached Greenhouse Passive Heating; Domestic Hot Water; Photovoltaic Electric Power; Combined DHW and Swimming Pool Heating; Space Heating; Space Cooling; Maintenance Saves Money; Payback Economics; Thermal Performance Monitoring; Solar Energy Future Options; References; Bibliography, Symbols and Notations; Appendices; Index.