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A Golden Thread: 2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology Hardcover – June, 1980
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Long before glass, construction was perfected that offered comfortable housing based upon proper site orientation and architectural principles apparently long since forgotten.
Photos of early Los Angeles with Day & Night brand solar + natural gas water heaters on roof after roof.
This is a book for honest to goodness leaders to ponder and then roll up their sleeves and start changing the world.
I found a passive solar home for sale. I made an offer and lost out to another buyer. But that started me doing a lot of research. Our library had a lot of books that were written in response to the "energy crisis" in the 70's as well as a number that were strongly influenced by the counter culture and those wanting to drop their dependance on an economy based on a large central based system of power suppliers.
I read almost all the books they had. This book was among them. It is the one book I would most want. It is not a "how to" book. It was a look at things that showed that there was really nothing new under the sun. Simple put solar energy and energy conservation flourished when traditional energy was high or even not available and sunlight was plentiful.
The fastest way to get everybody to become reinterested in solar energy: Let energy prices quadruple. The higher energy prices get, the easier it becomes to justify the technology.
Final note: the deal the other buyer had for the house fell through and we were able to buy it. Of course it was in Michigan and one of the books I read was a case study of solar homes in Michigan. It noted what I was to find out - passive solar homes in a place that is overcast most of the winter do not perform that well. It was still a great house and had wood heat and because of the passive part of the design the house was full of light all day long. And it was extremely well insulated. Our monthly energy bill was never more than $30. When the sun did shine we could let the fire go out and the house would stay around 65-70F, with nothing but the sun.
A must have for those who are in any sort of engineering field.
This book is so well researched and is literally a "soup to nuts" description of solar architecture and technology over the ages. I received it on a Wednesday afternoon and had read the entire book in under 24 hours. It was jam-packed with useful background information and practical applications, and I simply could not put it down.
Its writing goes into the right amount of depth to enable readers to be able to build on the experience of others before them rather than just `reinventing the same wheel',
For example, Perlin and Butti write about how the Greeks and the Romans used crushed rock and rubble to store heat in the floors of their rooms. They then describe how Dr. George Löf of the University of Colorado used a crushed rock heat storage system in a slightly different way in the 1940's to improve the performance of his experimental solar heating system. I recently heard that the thermal solar power generation company Ausra is now also experimenting with crushed rock heat storage systems for its solar thermal power plants and may be taking out patents on these. This book really brings these vital issues to the fore, puts them back into our consciousnesses and allows us to truly build on the wisdom of the past as well as of the present.
The energy issues facing the world today have a strong resonance with those of the 1970's and early 1980's, the time from when this book was written.Read more ›
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Excellent history of the development of solar power and reasons for its popularity AND unpopularity.Published 20 months ago by Robert Hall
Wish I had gotten this one first! I started a little solar project last summer and went way farther than I anticipated. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by C. P. Hendrix
Great book on solar history and technological advances. The book is very easy to read and understand. This is a college level book.Published on February 18, 2013 by April Endicott
This book is a must-read for any solar enthusiast. It just goes to prove that mankind is a fickle beast. Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by Mr. Kenneth G. Roach
Subtitle "2500 Years of Solar Architecture and Technology." Very scholarly and comprehensive look at the use and importance of solar passive heating in ancient structures, and as... Read morePublished on February 2, 2008 by E. Thayer