Affordable Passive Solar Homes

Cover, Affordable Passive Solar HomesAuthor(s): Richard Crowther

Publisher: American Solar Energy Society

ISBN: 0916653005

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Affordable Passive Solar Homes
Richard Crowther
Publication date: June 1984
Low-cost, compact designs.

Understanding and Installing Your Own Solar Electric System

Cover, Understanding and Installing Your Own Solar Electric System

Author(s): Dale Robinson

Publisher: Hat Creek Publishing

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Understanding and Installing Your Own Solar Electric System is an electronic book that provides the average home owner with the basic knowledge of how solar powered electric systems work and the relationship the various components have to each other.

With this e-book, any person with average handyman skills should have no problems installing and maintaining their own solar electric system.

Even if you plan to have someone else install your system, at the very least this e-book will give you the necessary background and understanding of solar electric systems so that you will gave a good idea what your installer is doing and whether he is doing a competent job.

Once your system is installed, this e-book will continue to be invaluable as you go about the day to day maintenance of your system.

Just some of the areas that are covered in this e-book are:

  • System Design and Sizing
  • Electricity Basics
  • System Components
  • Photovoltaics
  • Batteries
  • Charge Controllers
  • Inverters
  • Wiring and Safety
  • Installation and Maintenance
  • Grid Intertie
  • Appliances

The New Solar Electric Home : The Photovoltaics How-To Handbook

Cover, The New Solar Electric Home : The Photovoltaics How-To Handbook Author(s): Joel Davidson

Publisher: Aatec Pubns

ISBN: 0937948098

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Rev/Expdd Edition
Publication date: July 1987

Good basics, somewhat outdated, but probably best available. This book has been around for a long time. When it first came out, in 1987, it was the best book available. Unfortunately, it has not been updated since then, even though it has been reprinted several times. It has excellent basics for planning and designing a system, but much of the technology illustrated is outdated. With an update, this could be the best book in the field.

Passive Solar Commercial and Institutional Buildings: A Sourcebook of Examples and Design Insights

Passive Solar Commercial and Institutional Buildings: A Sourcebook of Examples and Design InsightsAuthor(s): Paris, France International Energy Agency, S.R. Hastings

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471939439

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Paperback, 464 pages
Publication date: March 1994

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons:
Collected results of research performed by solar experts from 12 countries during 1986-1991. Features 45 building case studies and expands their findings through parametric studies using computer models. Encourages the design of buildings adapted to and profiting from their environmental climate. Covers effective passive solar concepts in residential and commercial design. Discusses both the energy-saving and aesthetic effects of daylighting design.

Booknews, Inc., 06/01/94:
Presents the results of research carried out by solar experts from 12 countries between 1986 and 1991, featuring 45 case studies of buildings–both commercial and institutional–that range from a large university complex with multiple atria in Norway to a sports hall employing a mass wall in Spain. Insights gained from these projects have been expanded by conducting parametric studies using computer models, some of which were developed specifically for this International Energy Agency research. Practically rather than aesthetically illustrated with b&w charts, drawings, photographs, and plans. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Table of Contents

Parts of the Book
Integration of Strategies

Internal Gains
Simulation Studies with an Ideal Heating System
Simulation Studies with Actual Heating Systems

Direct Gain Systems
Air Collector Systems
Air Flow
Mass Wall Systems
Transparent Insulation Systems
Absorber Walls
Storage Systems

Classification of Strategies
Detailed Results
Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Case Studies
Design Insights
Atrium Analysis
Recommended Reading


Author(s): Don Booth, Jonathan Booth, Peg Boyles

Publisher: Community Builders Publication

ISBN: 0960442235

ISBN-13: 978-0960442232

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Back in 1983 Don Booth’s company, Community Builders was one of the premier developers of energy efficient homes in New England. This privately published book was probably written to help prospective customers understand the technology and boost sales. No matter what his reason, Don’s book became a classic of the genre. Calling upon his experience, he goes step-by-step through the theory and practice of building super insulated and passive solar/geothermal homes. The explanations are clear, the examples are informative and it provides just the right amount of technical detail. If you are planning to build a new home, read this book first. The principles you learn here will save you thousands of heating and cooling dollars. It has already saved me from a very expensive mistake.

Unlike most books on this topic, you can actually read this book without stunning your brain. Instead of bulking up the book with endless pages of sun elevation charts or conversion tables, Don includes twenty ‘reviews’ of solar/geothermal homes by their owners, designers and builders. These vary from the comic to the insane as the early pioneers struggle to build their dream homes. Some of these stories would make good movies. My personal favorite is the lady who lives in a tent on the site while her home is built. We watch with dismay as construction delays move completion deep into the cold New England winter. Finally, she moves gleefully into the shell while waiting for the windows, only to have her children complain that the tent was warmer. Who says we can’t learn from the mistakes of others.