The Passive Solar House

This is a useful text that progresses in a step-by-step manner to help us understand passive solar building principles. The author draws upon his experience as a successful builder of passive solar homes to teach us the dos and don'ts associated with this specialized type of construction. He includes information about his own formerly patented technique, the Solar Slab, which uses the home's foundation to store heat from the sun.

Materials used are all ordinary supplies. Techniques can be adapted to any climate. The numerous illustrations do a great job of supporting the text, helping us visualize exactly how the components of a passive solar home work. Mr. Kachadorian has also included worksheets and formulas to help each of us design a home to our exact specifications. This is an excellent resource for anyone who wishes to learn more about passive solar homes.

  • Diagrams to help us visualize
  • Easy to understand language
  • Worksheets to help us plan
  • Advice about vapour barriers and suggestions regarding the exchange of fresh air
  • Ideas for exterior design, floor-plans, and tips for the home's placement on the building site
  • Options for backup heating and cooling
  • Includes a technique for constructing a Solar Slab to collect and store the sun's warmth
    • Paperback: 210 pages
    • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company (June 1997)
    • Product Dimensions: 10.0 x 8.0 x 0.6 inches

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