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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is passive solar heating and cooling.


Six Superlative Sources

· Solar Today. This magazine, published by the American Solar Energy Society, contains a wealth of information on passive solar, solar thermal systems, photovoltaics, hydrogen, and other topics. Be sure to check it out for names of engineers, builders, and installers and lists workshops and conferences.

· American Solar Energy Society. Publishes Solar Today magazine and sponsors an annual national meeting. Also publishes an on-line catalogue of publications and sponsors the National Tour of Solar Homes. Contact this organization to find out about an ASES chapter in your area.

· Crosbie, Michael J., ed. The Passive Solar Design and Construction Handbook. John Wiley and Sons, 1997. A pricey and fairly technical manual on passive solar homes. Contains detailed drawings and case studies.

· Givoni, B. Passive and Low Energy Cooling of Buildings. Wiley, 1994. Fairly technical resource for architects and builders.

· Kachadorian, James. The Passive Solar House. Chelsea Green, 1997. Presents a lot of good information on passive solar heating and an interesting design that's been successful in cold climates.

· Sustainable Buildings Industry Council. This organization has a terrific web site with information on workshops, books and publications, and links to many other international, national, and state solar energy organizations. This organization publishes a newsletter, Buildings Inside and Out.

Other Excellent Sources

· McIntyre, M., ed. Solar Energy: Today's Technologies for a Sustainable Future. American Solar Energy Society, 1997. Good overview of alternative energy, including passive solar heating.

· Carmody, John, Stephen Selkowitz, and Lisa Heschong. Residential Windows: A Guide to New Technologies and Energy Performance. Norton, 1996. If you really want to understand windows, this is the book you've been waiting for.

· Miller, Burke. Buildings for a Sustainable America: Case Studies. American Solar Energy Society, 1997. Features mostly conventionally built homes, but well worth reading.

· Sklar, Scott and Kenneth Sheinkopf. Consumer Guide to Solar Energy. Bonus Books, 1995. Good introduction to solar technologies, including passive solar heating.

· Potts, Michael. The New Independent Home: People and Houses That Harvest the Sun, Wind, and Water. Chelsea Green, 1999. Delightfully readable book with lots of good information.

· Freeman, Mark. The Solar Home: How to Design and Build a House You Heat with the Sun. Stackpole Books, 1994. Fairly useful introduction, although it contains more information on general building than passive solar design and construction.

· Van Dresser, Peter. Passive Solar House Basics. Ancient City Press, 1996. This brief book provides basics on passive solar design and construction primarily of adobe homes. Contains sample house plans, ideas for solar water heating, and much more.

· Solar Energy International. Offers a wide range of workshops on solar energy, wind energy, and natural building.

· Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST). Nonprofit organization dedicated to renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable living.

· National Renewable Energy Lab Now. Check out their newsletter.

· Building Technologies Department, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Works to develop and commercialize energy-efficient technologies and to document ways of improving energy efficiency of homes and other buildings while protecting air quality.

· Roy, Rob. The Complete Book of Underground Houses: How to Build a Low-Cost Home. Sterling, 1994. A revision of a 1979 best seller with lots of new information on earth-sheltered homes.

· Wells, Malcolm. The Earth-Sheltered House: An Architect's Sketchbook. Chelsea Green, 1998. Although you won't find a ton of information on earth-sheltered housing in this book, you will be regaled with lots of inspiring designs that will help you see the potential of this design strategy.

· Yost, Harry. Home Insulation: Do It Yourself and Save as Much as 40%. Storey Communications, 1991. Extremely useful book to read for anyone building his or her own home.

· Lyle, David. The Book of Masonry Stoves: Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming. Chelsea Green, 1984, 1977. A great resource on masonry stoves, an environmentally friendly way of burning wood for back-up heat.

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