The Solar House

The Solar House

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While heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Yet qnatural conditioningq -- heating and cooling with passive solar techniques -- is a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, the author highlights certain egregious errors and shows how to avoid them. The author shows 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; and ways of employing green building materials in a naturally conditioned home.vided by external devices: awnings, external louvers, rigid shutters, roller shades, solar screens, and arbors (figure 5-6). ... A properly installed awning can reduce heat gain by up to 65 percent on south-facing windows and 77 percent onanbsp;...

Title:The Solar House
Author:Daniel D. Chiras
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing - 2002


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