The Greenest Home: Superinsulated and Passive House Design (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/6/4
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Passive is the new green. Passive Houses—well insulated, virtually airtight buildings—can decrease home heating consumption by an astounding 90 percent, making them not only an attractive choice for prospective homeowners, but also the right choice for a sustainable future. The Greenest Home showcases eighteen of the world's most attractive Passive Houses by forward-thinking architects such as Bernheimer Architecture, Olson Kundig Architects, and Onion Flats, among many others. Each case study consists of a detailed project description, plans, and photographs. An appendix lists helpful technical information. Including a mix of new construction and retrofit projects built in a variety of site conditions, The Greenest Home is an inspiring sourcebook for architects and prospective homeowners, as well as a useful tool for students, and builders alike.
"A visual and practical guide to some remarkable passive houses around the world. What's really striking is just how modern, airy and inviting they look." -- NationalGeographic.com
"This spectacular coffee-table book allows conscientious real estate droolers to ogle glamorous modern private homes, primarily of post-Koolhaas European design, without feeling guilty. They won't kill the planet, but they are, nevertheless, to die for." -- Village Voice
"Succeeds as eye-candy while at the same time has enough drawings and blower door test results to engage the Passive House geek." -- Earth Techling
"Julie Torres Moskovitz, who designed New York's first certified Passive House, finished her first book, The Greenest Home (Princeton Architectural Press), about the first wave of ultra green homes in the United States." -- Dwell
"Gorgeous drool-worthy residences designed around the most stringent guidelines for sustainability." -- Fast Company
"Chock full of beautiful images along with lots of great technical info that should answer any of your more serious questions about the nature of passive house construction." - Inhabitat
It is amazing to me how the building industry continues to largely ignore many of the solutions that will help the homeowner save a significant amount of energy (and money) every year. I just built a house that is essentially carbon neutral (geothermal heat pump and wind/solar electric) and reading this book at the start of that process would have saved me a lot of time and money as I could have done a better job insulating and used passive heating and then sized the house with a smaller heat pump.
My two negative comments are small and don't detract from the five star rating. I feel like the title is a little confusing and that some people might not understand what this book is exactly about. And while I love that there are performance metrics on the buildings that are reviewed in the book (I am now going to see how my house stacks up in comparison), I wish that the glossary better covered some of the definitions of these metrics (although I was able to dig them up on-line quickly).
I especially enjoyed the project summaries and details at the end of the book.
Will be dog earing this one for many years to come.
Knocked a star off for not including a vendor glossary. They name dropped enough about designers. We would have appreciated the valuable product information just as much, if not more.