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1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Misleading Title, March 5, 2012
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This review is from: Passive Solar Architecture: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting and More Using Natural Flows (Kindle Edition)
I am trying to educate myself on the construction of net-zero homes so that I might eventually live off the grid. My motivations are entirely selfish monetary ones. The fact that they happen to coincide with socio-politically-correct green movement are of little consequence to me as a consumer.

I was encouraged by the 5-star average review of this book, but after reading through it I realized that the title and description of this book are totally misleading. A more appropriate title would be, "Eco-conscious Living: A Diatribe in Sustainability".

There are several great ideas and concepts for sustainable, low-waste practices, but very very little information on passive solar design concerns beyond lighting and the "advantage" of heating/cooling. Nearly zero information on implementation.

The author appears to be trying to sell the concept of sustainable living. This reader is already sold on it, so the message was completely wasted on me.
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2012 2:49:21 PM PDT
Core says:
Did you ever come across a book that you found really helpful? I mean in regards to the "Implementation" bit you mentioned. Because I am interested in the passive heating cooling as well, for the exact same reasons you are.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 12:18:05 PM PST
A reader says:
Core, have you looked at James Kachadorian's "The Passive Solar House"? It's been around for a while and does not offer much information on solar cooling, but the solar heating part seems practical and doable.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 2:20:36 PM PST
Core says:
Ah, have it on my bookwishlist.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 7:40:08 PM PST
Casa Del Sol: Your Guide to Passive Solar House Designs

I purchased this book several years ago. It was published in 1981 or so. If you can find it, you may appreciate it.

ANother book/author who may or may not help you is MIke Oehler, whose website is www.Undergroundhousing.com. He has built earth sheltered homes with a focus on Light Air and Views. Heating Cooling are also focused upon. You might also appreciate his book on earth sheltered solar heated greenhouse which can be attached to a home and assist with the heating and cooling functions.

BLessings to all.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2012 4:25:32 PM PST
Core says:
Thanks for the info.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 8:47:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2012 8:50:07 AM PST
I'd also like to share several websites which may be of use to you in many ways--saving money in building, energy, growing food or whatever.

One of the websites is permies.com

There are more than 10,000 members from all over the world, and they have joined for different reasons. Yet, they all treat each other with respect and are kind in the way they converse about the many different issues facing us all. It is a non-political website. THere are folks who have already done what you are researching to do. ANd they can share with you the books, videos and more which have helped them. There is a Green BUilding forum with sub-forums for the many various ways to build.

Next is www.greendreamhomes.com
next is earthbagbuilding.com
next is: do a search for harvey lacey. he developed bulding blox--ubuntu blox--made from SANITIZED recycled plastic trash.

Blessings to all.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 6:51:28 PM PST
BruceK says:
While I appreciate the information that this book is expensive in cost and thin on actual heating and cooling information, I could do without your attitude!

Why is it almost always Republicans and right-leaing people that whine and complain all the time about how there might be something mentioned about the other political side or ecology or green ... or liberal ... why don't YOU stick to the subject please in your review.

And someone asked you a question about whether you found a better book or source of information ... well????? Or does someone have to say something greenishly Liberal to get a response from you? ;-)

Thanks for the info though.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2013 6:59:09 PM PST
BruceK says:
It seems to me that the problem with many websites and even many books is that you never really know who they are written by ... and often they turn out to be nuts.

I've been looking for a long time for some cookbook information on how to design a passive solar heating and cooling house. The examples and rules of thumb are few and far between, and who is going to actually use this kind of vague information to build a house when you do not really know if it is going to work.

Following Michael Reynolds and his Earthship stuff, he was doing it full-time and admits that many of his houses were "tuned", for want of a better word, wrong, and would be too hot in the summer. Who wants to build a house expecting an agrarian Utopian lifestyle to find that the whole thing needs remodelled or expensive add-ons or even the dreaded grid to keep it habitable in extreme temperatures?

I'd really like to see more of a designers or engineers best practices book.

But it seems as soon as anyone thinks their information is going to be useful they hoard it and try to make as much money as possible instead of actually doing some good and passing on their expertise to help people. I guess it's human nature, but still!

There are lots of building methods, but how do you orient and design your house to capture or reflect energy too keep it comfortable and running ?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2013 7:00:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 4, 2013 7:01:21 PM PST
BruceK says:
By the way www.greendreamhomes.com is for sale, there is no website there.
Or you may mean http://greendreamhomesinc.com ???

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2013 6:14:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2013 6:23:56 AM PST
http://dreamgreenhomes.com/

here it is, Bruce. Kelly Hart has several sites. Owen Geiger too.

THe website has many categories for many types of buildings. Check out the various categories to find passive solar.

YOu might contact Kelly Hart or Owen Geiger to see if
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