What's New


Jul. 16, 2015

The use of renewable energy for building heating continues to grow. The most common renewable energy heat sources for these applications are solar thermal collectors, heat pumps, and wood-fired boilers. The are many products in each of these categories on the North American market, but, without proper system design, none of them can deliver their anticipated benefits.

Over the last two years I've been writing a new textbook that provides that system level design information. It's entitled HEATING WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY: Practical, Hydronic-based Combisystems for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings.

This new text is structured similar to my other textbook: Modern Hydronic Heating. It begins with the "building blocks:" A solid overview of modern hydronics technology. It goes on to provide detailed quantitative and qualitative information on solar thermal collectors, air-to-water heat pumps, geothermal water-to-water heat pumps, and several types of wood-fueled boilers.

This text presents many unique system design concepts, details, and design tools that you won't find anywhere else. Several chapters present a variety of complete system designs, including piping schematics, control wiring diagrams, and descriptions of operation.

If you want to design practical and reliable systems that leverage the efficiency of renewable energy heat sources using the latest hydronics technology, this book shows you how to do it.