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Hawkweed Passive Solar House Book Paperback – November 1, 1980
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
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Their houses were designed for, and built in, a cold climate location ( Soldiers Grove, WI and the Chicago,IL area ) for the most part. They are still functioning 34 years later according to one report that I heard. According to the authors, their houses were built for about the same cost as other non-solar houses in the area at that time.
The authors include an estimate of how much solar heating you can expect in various locations around the U.S. That list also advises on cooling needs as well. They cover the strategies that they used, and why to use them. They also detail how to calculate what your own design requirements might be.
The methods that they used are just as valid today as they were 35 years ago. But, they will probably work even better now that were have better windows available as well as other building products and methods. Still a very good source of information, in my opinion.