The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design
by Anthony Denzer
This book reconstructs
the little-known history of the solar house before 1973, with in-depth analyses of all the major solar houses. It explores the evolution of the scientific understanding of solar heating, including both passive and active technologies. It also discusses the solar house as a social movement, with many of its leading figures concerned about trends in building energy use and the dependence on fossil fuels in the midcentury period. The book concludes with an overview of developments since 1973, including the superinsulation and Passivhaus movements, and Jimmy Carter's solar White House. It also concludes with a look at how the solar house is conceived today.
Architects, engineers and firms who are examined in-depth are: George Fred Keck, Hoyt Hottel, Henry N. Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright, Arthur T. Brown, George Löf, Libbey-Owens-Ford, Maria Telkes, Eleanor Raymond, Lawrence B. Anderson, John Yellott, Bridgers & Paxton, Victor and Aladar Olgyay, Felix Trombe, Masanosuke Yanagimachi, Emslie Morgan, Norman Saunders, William Shurcliff, Harold Hay, Peter van Dresser, David Wright, Steve Baer, and Karl Boer.
EXCERPT (.pdf) from Chapter 7
EXCERPT from Chapter 11 at ArchitectureWeek