The Passive Solar House

by James Kachadorian (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Published in concert with the Real Goods Trading Company of California, this
book explains in detail the whys and wherefores of a particular form of passive
solar design, formerly patented but now in the public domain. The patent was
held by the author and used while he was president of Green Mountain Homes, a
fabricator of post-and-beam kit homes. The science he used and describes here is
settled and elegant, even quaint, and is detailed to a degree that could be
off-putting to some readers. On the bright side, the enthusiasm he brings to the
subject is useful, even to those prospective homebuilders who may not be
interested in solar heating and cooling. The book is suffused with a sensitivity
to environmental issues of all sorts, a useful perspective in these
resource-limited times. An essentially simple book, elegant in presentation and
forceful in argument; recommended for extensive scientific (for the references
and associated calculations) and/or broader home-building collections.

Book Description
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, PC-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.

Product Details

Paperback: 210 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company (June 1997)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0930031970



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