Interested in learning more about passive solar, integrated design, going green(er), and adobe buildings? Here are some helpful books in print and resources on the web:

A key resource, David Wright’s The Passive Solar Primer: Sustainable Architecture, was reprinted in 2008. You can check it out at Amazon.

Architect David Wright helped pioneer the concept of passive solar architecture, and his thoughts and experiments have helped shape the evolution of solar design throughout the world. His years of exploration are distilled in this comprehensive book, which provides simple graphics and language to illuminate concepts including greenhouse effect, heat storage, surface-to-volume ratio, ventilation, and cooling. Tips, rules-of-thumb, regional characteristics, and many other considerations are presented to help readers, from initial site selection to visionary design. Written for architects, designers, and others who seek to tap the free resources offered by earth and sun, this invaluable tool will help reduce dependence on outside energy sources. You will be inspired.


Adobe Builder: your portal to adobe, rammed earth, pressed block, solar design, green building, Southwestern Style

Swanson Associates Environmental Consulting and Design: George Swanson is a leading expert in natural building design

Solar Today: Advancing a Solar Future Today, from the American Solar Energy Society

Earth Architecture (book and website): examines the contemporary history of the oldest and most widely used building material on the planet—dirt

Green Building: building the future with intention. Especially useful is the section on passive solar design.

Sustainable Sources: 20 years of online Green Building information. The section on passive solar design offers a good visual explanation of how passive solar works.

Whole Building Design Guide, a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences, provides a useful explanation of passive solar heating.

International Institute for Building-Biology and Ecology: creating safe havens in a toxic, electromagnetic world

Pueblo Revival Architecture: a bit of eye candy to spark your imagination

Be sure to visit Mary Cordaro, Inc. for a very useful and extensive list of healthy home and green building resources!

Another good book to help you get started in passive solar design is The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling, by Daniel D. Chiras (Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 2002). It is available at Amazon in both print and Kindle editions. And from there, Amazon will of course lead you to lots of other print and digital resources on passive solar design.