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Passive Solar Architecture: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Daylighting and More Using Natural Flows Hardcover – August 18, 2011
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This book is a major work. It uniquely emphasizes the interplay between passive solar building and the other elements of sustainable design, and relates real-world examples of building design to broader issues of sustainability. Passive Solar Architecture is a welcome addition to any bookshelf on green architecture and sustainability.--Margot McDonald, professor of architecture, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and past-president, American Solar Energy Society
"Passive Solar Architecture is a comprehensive technical guide to building comfortable, vibrant, efficient homes and commercial buildings. Whether you are in the market for technical tips to maximize a microclimate or a systems-thinking approach to building design, this book is an ideal read for architects, building engineers, homebuilders and green building enthusiasts alike."--Jen Boynton, Editor in Chief, TriplePundit.com
"If you read just one book on sustainable building, choose Passive Solar Architecture. In this single-volume handbook, authors David A. Bainbridge and Ken Haggard use warmth and wit to give readers a thorough understanding of passive heating and cooling. In an overheated world, where buildings gobble up the biggest share of energy, this book should be required reading for contractors, architects, homeowners and anyone who cares about housing."--Nicolette Toussaint, architectural designer, and founder, comfortandjoydesign.com
"This splendid book is essential reading for anyone planning to build a sustainable, energy-efficient solar home. No one knows this important topic better than veteran solar architects David Bainbridge and Ken Haggard."--Cheryl Long, Editor in Chief, Mother Earth News
"The design and construction profession has needed Passive Solar Architecture for a long time. David Bainbridge and Ken Haggard share their knowledge, gleaned from more than three decades, of cutting-edge work with low-energy, passive-solar, and natural building practices. This is a must-have resource for designers wanting to incorporate passive features in their buildings."--Alex Wilson, Founder, BuildingGreen, Inc., Executive Editor, Environmental Building News
"This book is a treasure! Drawn from the coauthors' and contributors' decades of successful experience, Passive Solar Architecture is both inspiringly broad in scope and delightfully detailed. City and neighborhood planning is intermixed with many small gems-such as a metal water wall detail to capture winter sun-and examples in climates from around the world. This is a welcome and unique resource for my university seminars in passive heating and cooling."--John S. Reynolds, FAIA, Professor of Architecture Emeritus, University of Oregon, and Honorary Past Chair, American Solar Energy Society
"Passive solar home design has significant benefits over traditional home design―especially in disaster situations. In the face of an alarming increase in intensity and frequency of natural disasters, this richly illustrated and accessible book should be a must-read for all homebuilders and community planners."--Yasmeen Hossain, former Senior Solar Analyst with the Solar Electric Power Association
About the Author
David A. Bainbridge first worked on community design, passive solar heating and cooling, building codes, and solar rights at the innovative design firm Living Systems. He described his first water-wall solar home and the Village Homes solar subdivision in Solar House Designs in 1978. Founder of the Passive Solar Institute, and recipient of the ASES Passive Pioneer Award in 2004, Bainbridge consults on a wide range of residential and commercial projects and has completed several solar projects on his own homes, as well as co-authoring The Straw Bale House (with Athena Swentzell Steen and Bill Steen), and Passive Solar Architecture (with Ken Haggard). He is currently Associate Professor of Sustainable Management at the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management. He lives in San Diego, California.
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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.
There are aspects of passive design they don't go into. The book is more for architects and home builders than for engineers but such engineering books can follow. How can architects disregard the points of the compass? Bainbridge and Haggard notice this strange, modern convenient and perverse ignorance and bring it up several times.
You and I read the menu with prices but Bainbridge and Haggard flash another energy menu for us to see as if btu's and kwhrs are the real prices not dollars yet this is wrong. We must work to have subsidies removed so prices reveal everything. How can Bainbridge and Haggard imagine that little energy goes into a straw bale when our sun has radiated uncounted terawatt hours in growing each one. Cheap yes, lots of energy, also yes.
Why are there pages and pages on photovoltaic? Photovoltaics have received too much attention and passive solar too little. Why drop what others ignore to repeat what is already discussed too often.
Finally we will see the battle of our time the organic against the electronic!
There are good pages on water, sewage and building materials, you can learn lessons such as after straightening rusty nails polish them in a cement mixer. The advice about difficulty salvaging plastic foam insulation as well as other material is interesting especially to those of us already fatally surrounded by plastic.
The books attention to the forgotten, Peter van Dresser of New Mexico and Jon Hammond and living Systems of California was very welcome. In passive solar many of us were excited to be the first to do this and that. Without Bainbridge and Haggard to maintain interest we could also be the last as the reductionist architects replace us and promote more electricity and gasoline.
The essays of Fish and Levine didn't add much for me. It is already a long book why are they there?
I think Bainbridge and Haggard too easily dismiss nuclear power, after all the A bomb and H bomb are mans most spectacular and influential accomplishments. We can hardly dismiss them. Let us bet that today's and tomorrow's engineers can make nuclear power safe if not cheap.
Published in 2011, it is entirely current and relevant to our changing times regarding economic and ecological realities. For the authors "passive architecture" is an umbrella term that includes all dimensions of sustainability in the built environment. They say that, "For human survival and a livable future, the idea and application of sustainability must become part of an epochal cultural shift." They do their best to nudge this shift along with the publication of this book.
According to the authors, "The failure of the current worldwide economic system is in large part a failure of accounting." To address this failure, they advocate focusing on triple-bottom-line accounting which includes ecology, economy, and social equity. With this perspective all life-cycle costs over the service life of a building are taken into consideration, including all health and environmental costs.
This book is far from being just theoretical; they very quickly delve into the details of how to achieve a truly energy efficient building. Starting with how a building is situated in place and what materials choices are best, considering the microclimate of that place. The importance of exposure to sun and wind are fully investigated. Human comfort is critical to their thinking, and they make an excellent case that passive approaches to heating, cooling, and lighting yield greater comfort.
The conventional approach to providing heating and cooling during the era of cheap energy has been to simply leave this aspect of design up to a mechanical engineer, who would calculate the appropriate size and placement of an HVAC system. We can no longer afford to design buildings this way.
The interaction of solar gain, thermal mass and insulation is thoroughly explored, starting with the history of passive architecture. Many specific examples and construction details
are provided for both residential and larger scale projects. They stress the importance of finding just the right balance among all of the elements of a passive solar design.
It is rare that architects pay attention to ways to cool and ventilate a building using natural systems of air flow and thermal dynamics, but it is amazing how well this approach can work. This book analyzes strategies for using night time ventilation and radiation and evaporative cooling, as well as landscaping and green roofs or roof ponds. Wind catchers are an ancient way to help cool interior space.
Carefully planned use of natural day light can help save energy, keep space cooler, and make occupants more comfortable and productive. This is another aspect of architecture that has been largely neglected, but must be considered as we become more aware of how to live holistically. An entire chapter is devoted to ways of accomplishing passive lighting that are effective and aesthetically pleasing.
A survey of on-site resources that can be utilized include opportunities for providing solar hot water, the production of electricity, rainwater collection, gray-water use, and the useful processing of human waste. All of these strategies are examined in some detail. This book evaluates green materials and why to use them, both at the time of construction and at the end of the useful life of a building. This includes using recycled materials.
This book represents a valiant effort to comprehensively explore all aspects of sustainable architecture, and I commend the authors on an excellent job of doing just that. The only fault I noticed is that they fail to mention the value of earth-sheltering as a way to enhance all aspects of thermal performance in a building.
This book is lavishly illustrated in color with photos, diagrams and charts on practically every page. It would make an excellent text book, and I'm sure that the authors realize this since both of them are teachers.
The final chapters are a series of essays on integrated design by the authors and a selection of other experts. They say that, "the key to success with this integrated approach to environmental design is achieving synergy. Synergy happens where and when the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts, and the parts become optimized in relationship to the whole." Let's hope that we can all achieve such synergy as a collection of societies living on Earth.