Solar Home Design

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1 Solar Home Design ENVS 132 and DSIT 132 1. Course Information Instructor: Kate Latham Department: Environmental Studies College of Social Science, San Jose State University. Spring Semester, 2007 Course Title: Solar Home Design Course Code: 34834 (ENVS) / 35829 (DSIT) Section: 02 Class Hours & Location: 9:00-11:45am, Friday, DMH164 Office Hours: 12-1:15pm, Mon. & Fri., & by appointment Office Location: WSQ 115 Office Phone: 650 965-2337 E-mail: Preferred Contact: phone or email 2. Course Description: a. Course Overview and Description: Americans use an inordinate amount of energy to realize the standard of living to which we all have come to enjoy. Not only do we enjoy this standard of living, we expect it. Yet, to live as we do requires a tremendous amount of energy and resources. The residential sector uses one-fifth to one-fourth of all energy consumed in the United States. There are many ways to reduce this energy consumption and resource consumption without diminishing our comfort levels or “doing without”. This class will explore ways to live with environmental responsibility and integrity when it comes to our homes. b. The course is developed around four themes: 1. PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING OF THE HOME: The basics of integral solar home design for heating and cooling, sunspace additions to homes, and direct gain for new construction and remodel. 2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY: How to make a home more energy efficient than conventional homes. Hoe to decrease our impact on the environment through the way we live in our homes.
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2 3. GREEN LIVING: Using ‘green’ building materials for construction and interior living spaces. 4. HEALTHY HOMES: Often, indoor air is more polluted that outside air. We will explore ways to prevent this. a. Prerequisites: none b. Required text: The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling. By Daniel D. Chiras, published by Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2002. c. Recommended reading: The Homeowner’s Guide to Energy Independence: Alternative Power Sources for the Average American. By Christine Woodside, published by The Lyons Press, 2006. Natural Remodeling for the Not-So-Green-House: Bringing Your Home into Harmony with Nature. By Carol Venolia and Kelly Lerner, published by Lark Books, 2006. Good Green Homes: Creating Better Homes for a Healthier Planet. By Jennifer Roberts, published by Gibbs Smith, 2003 d. Other Reading materials: class handouts e. Student learning objectives for the course: Objectives for this course are to learn what a solar home is and how to design one. Furthermore, we will learn how to be energy efficient in homes, what “green” materials are available for homes, how to use less toxic materials within a home, and how to make and keep your home healthy. 3. Course requirements: a. Projects: Field Book Assignment (18 points) Keep notes on all field trips and speakers. Take pictures. Write down the date, what you saw, wha

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