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ISBN: 9781933392035
Year Added to Catalog: 2006
Book Format: Hardcover and CD-ROM
Book Art: CD-ROM with CSOL passive solar design software,Color Insert, Worksheets, Appendices, Index, Renewable Energy/Home construction/design
Number of Pages: 8 x 10, 240 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1933392037
Release Date: August 1, 2006
Web Product ID: 312

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For Immediate Release
September 6, 2006

Contact: Jon-Mikel Gates, 802-295-6300, ext. 111, [email protected]

The Passive Solar House
The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your Home

By James Kachadorian

New Edition of Best-Selling Book on Passive Solar Homes

Includes Interactive Solar Design CD-ROM

Nearly ten years ago, James Kachadorian’s The Passive Solar House, with its proven techniques for building homes that heat and cool themselves, quickly became the top-selling guide to passive solar home design in the country. Now, Kachadorian has revised and expanded his classic to include the most up-to-date information and resources plus a CD-Rom with his own solar design software.

The second edition of The Passive Solar House: The Complete Guide to Heating and Cooling Your Home, hitting bookstores this month, is destined to be even more popular than its predecessor with readers who want easy-to-follow instructions on how to harness energy from the sun. As Americans wake up to the fact that our precarious dependence on foreign oil jeopardizes our ability to heat and cool our homes, we are increasingly turning to the power of the sun.

Kachadorian’s open-source, PC-compatible CSOL passive solar design software supplements 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. The second edition also includes new examples of successful passive solar design, construction, and retrofit projects from readers of the first edition that will provide inspiration to first-time homebuilders and renovators alike.

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. His formerly patented “solar slab” is the foundation upon which his low-tech passive solar designs are built. Using concrete blocks turned on their side so that the holes create a horizontal passage that allows air to flow from north to south under the building and then pouring a layer of cement on top to bond with the blocks, Kachadorian has created a “concrete radiator.” This ingenious design, along with proper use of windows (not too many, Kachadorian warns), sufficient insulation, good ventilation, and tight seals, nearly renders backup heating and cooling systems obsolete. The Passive Solar House is the essential building book for a world of climbing energy costs.

James Kachadorian is a civil engineer with degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the founder of Green Mountain Homes, which gained national recognition as the first provider of over 300 innovative, “kit” solar homes. He has lived in his own passive solar home in Woodstock, Vermont for over 25 years.

Available Now | Hardcover | $40.00 | 1-933392-03-7 | 8 x 10, 224 pages | CD-ROM with CSOL passive solar design software, Color Insert, Worksheets, Appendices, Index

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