Now Available: Passive Solar Architecture!

Categories: Green Building
Posted on Thursday, August 18th, 2011 at 1:46 pm by admin

We’ve been awaiting the release of this book for a long time! Solar pioneers David Bainbridge and Ken Haggard have put together a monumental book on how buildings can use the power of the sun for heating, cooling, lighting, and more. At long last, Passive Solar Architecture: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting, and More Using Natural Flows is available in our bookstore.

From a review in Sustainable Industries:

Passive Solar Architecture: Heating, cooling, ventilation, daylighting and more using natural flows, demonstrates how integrated design can create buildings that are more healthful, comfortable, quiet, secure, lovely, economical, and use 80-90% less energy than buildings commonly constructed today.

Of the many residential and commercial buildings exhibited in the book, author and architect, Ken Haggard, is probably most proud of this Congregation Beth David Synagogue in San Luis Obispo, which uses 82% less energy than the state’s restrictive energy code allows and cost no more than a conventional building. Haggard notes that most of the techniques are common sense and proven, in some cases for more than 2000 years, and that a range of subsidies, perverse incentives, ignorance and foolishness have led most planners, architects, designers, developers and builders to ignore these simple strategies.

The book shows how and why we can change to improve security, comfort, health, productivity in the workplace, and the economics of the built environment. These principles are important for any homebuilder, buyer, renter or business owner to understand. They can save energy, provide security during climate extremes like the ongoing heat wave, reduce costs for energy and medical care, and increase productivity. They can also improve learning and student outcomes in schools.

Drawn from the coauthors’ and contributors’ decades of successful experience, Passive Solar Architecture is both inspiringly broad in scope and delightfully detailed. City and neighborhood planning is intermixed with many small gems—such as a metal water wall detail to capture winter sun—and examples in climates from around the world.

According to John S. Reynolds, FAIA, Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of Oregon, and Honorary Past Chair, American Solar Energy Society, ‘This is a welcome and unique resource for my university seminars in passive heating and cooling.’

Well worth the wait.

Get your copy today!

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