Download Solar Home Design Manual for Cool Climates by Shawna Henderson PDF

By Shawna Henderson

If you'd like a cheap, environmentally sound resource of strength to your domestic, you would like glance no extra than the solar. sunlight warmth isn't topic to fee raises, is completely renewable, pollutants unfastened and calls for very little expertise. it really is the following for you this day, and will simply offer as much as 50% of your house and water heating requisites. it is a e-book that easily and obviously explains the rules of utilizing solar power to warmth your house. somebody construction a brand new domestic, or renovating an outdated possible contain one or numerous features of solar power into their design.Taking you thru the method of designing a sun domestic from the floor up, this guide is additionally a uncomplicated direction in conservation and sustainable residence layout. in case you stay in a heating weather, which means when you've got area heating specifications for many of the yr, then this is often a useful resource.A home is the most important unmarried funding such a lot people will make in our lives—the method it truly is outfitted and the way it operates can mirror a long term funding in either the development and the planet.

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Is your survey correct? Have you contacted the appropriate authorities about your on-site disposal system and well locations? Do you know where the municipal water and sewer mains come onto your site? GENERAL SITE CONTEXT CLIMATE Note the regional pattern of temperature, precipitation, sun angles, cloudiness, wind direction and speeds, snowfall. Note the local microclimates: warm and cool slopes, wind deflection, local breeze, shade, plant indicators, snow drifting patterns, air quality, noise sources and sound levels.

Is runoff contaminated? SOIL/GEOLOGY Note the soil types and depths, the absorption and percolation rates of different areas and stability of the soil. Note any rock formations, as building on these will increase expense and complexity of foundation excavations, disposal field layouts and well drilling. • • • • Are there any polluting sources nearby? Are there high levels of hazardous chemicals or contaminants in the soil? Can the soil handle the load of a disposal field? Are there any visible signs of erosion?

Draw up furniture to scale on graph paper, make furniture cutouts, and draw up the room itself locating the windows, doors, focal points, etc. It is important to do this, as it will help you correlate real measurements with furniture and rooms drawn to scale. It will give you a sense of scale. Once you are used to relating reality to paper, you can then use paper exercises to develop the design. With a space drawn to scale and the furniture cutouts you can quickly change or rearrange furniture and test the space.

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