If you want an inexpensive, environmentally sound source of energy for your home, you need look no further than the sun. Solar heat is not subject to rate increases, is totally renewable, pollution free and requires little or no technology. It is here for you today, and can easily provide up to 50% of your space and water heating requirements. This is a book that simply and clearly explains the principles of using solar energy to heat your home. Anyone building a new home, or renovating an old one can incorporate one or several aspects of solar energy into their design. Taking you through the process of designing a solar home from the ground up this manual is also a basic course in conservation and sustainable house design. If you live in a 'heating' climate, meaning if you have space heating requirements for most of the year then this is an invaluable resource. A house is the biggest single investment most of us will make in our lives - the way it is built and how it operates can reflect a long term investment in both the building and the planet.
'A broadly comprehensive and accessible book that homeowners and designers alike will refer to again and again.' Kimberley D. Mok, Treehugger.com 'Written in clear language and laid out with a wealth of illustrative diagrams that thoroughly explain concepts and ideas, [this book] is a broadly comprehensive and accessible book that homeowners and designers alike will refer to again and again.' Kimberley D. Mok, Treehugger.com 'If you're thinking of building your home from scratch and looking for passive soalar design guidelines, then the Solar Home Design Manual for Cool Climates is for you… a lot of information is delivered in an easy to follow format, which makes for a very enjoyable read.' SelfBuild
Introduction 1. Site Designing 2. House Design & Planning 3. Controlling Climate 4. Auxiliary Heating 5. Indoor Air Quality 6. Building Envelope 7. Overall Energy Reductions 8. Solar Add-Ons 9. Making it Happen. Case Studies. Appendices