"Save $, your health & the planet" This book just what you need to know to design a passive solar house, without extraneous and confusing information. You will learn how to save over 80% of your heating and cooling bills, improve your health, and tread more lightly on the planet. This Second Addition has a Cheat Sheet to make it even easier for you to design a truly green house. Most know that passive solar can be used to heat a home, but it can do more. Passive solar can also be used to cool, light and ventilate homes. Passive solar homes will save you money and ensure your family’s comfort. It can do all this without burning fossil fuels or causing nuclear waste. This book is just what you need to know about designing very energy efficient houses for Colorado and the central Rocky Mountain states, presented clearly and concisely. You will discover: - What passive solar design is and how it will save them money. - How passive solar will ensure their comfort and health. - The three key passive solar systems and when to use them. - The most effective and easy to use green building strategies. - How to apply these systems and strategies, simply and effectively. Passive Solar Simplified covers the three key types of passive solar systems: direct gain, thermal storage walls, and sunspaces. It also covers the passive solar design strategies: proper building orientation, solar shading, thermal mass, glass, daylighting, room arrangement, and ventilation. All this, plus the other important green building strategies, including insulation, air-sealing, and photovoltaics (PV). These techniques work for both new houses and remodels. Passive solar design is simply not that complicated. You do not need a degree in physics to understand and apply this knowledge successfully. This little book was written for both laypersons and architects. It is not a complicated treatise on exotic theories of passive solar with byzantine formulas. Instead, this book is a straightforward and concise, yet complete guide to the tried and true passive solar methods that will save you energy with a truly green home. This is Passive Solar Simplified's Second Edition. It now has a Cheat Sheet to make it even easier for you to design a very energy efficient house.
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