Passive Solar Homes
Power from the Sun, Wind, and Water
Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook:
The Complete Guide to Renewable Energy Techologies and Sustainable Living
by John Schaeffer, Doug Pratt
|It is arguably a form of cultural insanity
that industrial civilizations constantly bathed by free and clean energy from the sky (the
sun and the wind) continue to depend upon dirty and limited chemical fuels that poison the
people, their foods, and the land upon which they depend.
Happily, this comprehensive sourcebook provides those of you with foresight a way out of
this madness; it includes products ranging from simple energy-saving devices such as
compact fluorescent lights to home-scale energy-harvesting systems that utilize the sun,
wind, and water to make electricity for people living "off-the-grid."
Chapters focus on Independent Living, Land, Shelter, Harvesting Energy,
Managing Energy Systems, Heating and Cooling, Water, Energy Conservation, the Nontoxic
Home, Home and Market Gardening, Mobility and Electric Vehicles, and Livelihood and
Learning. Committed to selling only products that promote environmental
responsibility at an honest value, The Real Goods Trading Company is one of the
fastest-growing companies in America. Many of the products listed in another
of our favorites, the Millennium Whole Earth Catalog, can be purchased by mail from Real
Passive Solar House
(Real Goods Independent Living Books)
by James Kachadorian
|This book offers a technique for building
homes that heat and cool themselves in a wide range of different climates, using ordinary
building materials available anywhere and with methods familiar to all building
contractors and many do-it-yourselfers. A formerly patented design for author
James Kachadorian's Solar Slab heat exchanger is now available for the use of anyone
motivated by the desire to build a house that needs a backup furnace or air conditioner
rarely if ever. This is a building book for the next century.
Applicable to a diversity of regions, climates, budgets, and styles of
architecture, Kachadorian's techniques translate the essentials of timeless solar design
(siting a home in harmony with nature, using windows as solar collectors, achieving
year-round comfort by balancing good insulation with healthy supplies of fresh air) into
practical wisdom for today's new generation of solar builders.
How to Design and Build a House You Heat With the Sun
by Mark Freeman
|The Solar Home is the total guide to
building a dwelling that uses the least expensive and most environmentally friendly source
of heat - the sun. Mark Freeman uses his firsthand experience to provide
information on selecting a site, designing the rooms, framing, wiring, plumbing,
finishing, and maintaining the home. Prospective home builders are guided
through the process of deciding which parts of the job to do themselves and which to
contract out. The Solar Home includes valuable tips on avoiding costly
Solar House Basics
by Peter Van Dresser
|PASSIVE SOLAR HOUSE BASICS by Peter van
DresserAnyone who has visited a solar adobe home on a cold winter day has felt the warmth
and comfort of its natural radiant heat. PASSIVE SOLAR HOUSE BASICS lays out
in plain language what an owner-builder and designer will need to know about siting,
designing, constructing, and living in a solar adobe home. Van Dresser's text
and pictures provide a beginner's course in adobe construction and passive solar heat
collection, including suggestions for natural heat circulation and heat storage in thermal
mass. Included are sample house plans, ideas for solar hot water heaters, and
plans-to-scale for solar crop dryers. The simple means he has developed for
economically harnessing the energy of the sun in an energy-efficient home are easily
within the grasp of the average home owner, home builder, or solar enthusiast.
In 1958 solar pioneer Peter van Dresser built his first solar heated house,
one of the first in the United States. First published as HOMEGROWN
SUN-DWELLINGS, PASSIVE SOLAR BASICS was the outgrowth of a solar demonstration project.
Peter van Dresser is the author of LANDSCAPE FOR HUMANS, as well as numerous articles
about solar energy and rural life.
Solar Commercial and Institutional Buildings:
A Sourcebook of Examples and Design Insights
by Paris, France International Energy Agency
|Presents the results of research carried out by solar
experts from 12 countries between 1986 and 1991, featuring 45 case studies of buildings --
both commercial and institutional -- that range from a large university complex with
multiple atria in Norway to a sports hall employing a mass wall in Spain.
Insights gained from these projects have been expanded by conducting
parametric studies using computer models, some of which were developed specifically for
this International Energy Agency research. Practically rather than
aesthetically illustrated with b&w charts, drawings, photographs, and plans.
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