Passive Solar Architecture

Passive Solar Architecture

Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting, and More Using Natural Flows

Book - 2011
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Chelsea Green Publishing

New buildings can be designed to be solar oriented, naturally heated and cooled, naturally lit and ventilated, and made with renewable, sustainable materials—no matter the location or climate.

In this comprehensive overview of passive solar design, two of America’s solar pioneers give homeowners, architects, designers, and builders the keys to successfully harnessing the sun and maximizing climate resources for heating, cooling, ventilation, and daylighting.

Bainbridge and Haggard draw upon examples from their own experiences, as well as those of others, of more than three decades to offer both overarching principles as well as the details and formulas needed to successfully design a more comfortable, healthy, and secure place in which to live, laugh, dance, and be comfortable. Even if the power goes off.

Passive Solar Architecture also discusses “greener” and more-sustainable building materials and how to use them, and explores the historical roots of green design that have made possible buildings that produce more energy and other resources than they use.

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Bainbridge (consultant and emeritus, sustainable management, Marshall Goldsmith School of Management) and Haggard (architect and former architecture professor), both pioneers in the solar movement, provide a detailed overview of passive solar design and how to use solar energy for heating, cooling, ventilation, and daylighting. They draw from their own experiences and other sources to give homeowners, architects, and builders an understanding of the principles of design and the details and formulas needed for successful projects. They also address sustainable building materials and their use--and dig into the beginnings of green design for an understanding of how it has made it possible to construct buildings that generate more electricity than they use. Numerous high-quality photographs and illustrations are included. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2011
ISBN: 9781603582964
Characteristics: x, 294 p. : ill., maps (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Haggard, Kenneth L.


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