The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling|
by Daniel D. Chiras (Author)
"An excellent guide for embracing ecologically-friendly living." -- The
Bookwatch, February 2003
Passive solar heating and passive cooling—approaches known as natural
conditioning—provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating,
the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from
breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really
understand the principles involved.
Now Dan Chiras, author of the popular book "The Natural House," brings those
principles up to date for a new generation of solar enthusiasts.
In "The Solar House," Chiras sets the record straight on the vast potential for
passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided
solar designers in the past, he highlights certain egregious erros and shows how
to avoid them. More importantly, Chiras explains in methodical detail how
today’s home builders can succeed with solar designs.
Readers will learn:
- 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.
- ways of employing green building materials in a naturally conditioned home.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company (October 1, 2002)