Documents, plans, published articles, and photographs collected and created by David A. Bainbridge between 1980 and 2017 relating
to water wall passive solar design, passive solar architecture, and renewable energy.
Passive solar design is a design approach that utilizes the sun’s energy for the heating and cooling of living spaces. The
building or elements of the building use natural energy characteristics created by direct exposure to the sun. Passive design
has been practiced throughout the world and has produced buildings that result in reduced energy costs, reduced maintenance,
and improved comfort. Windows, thermal chimneys, and thermal mass (elements that can store heat energy) are elements commonly
found in passive design. Water walls are an example of thermal mass element of passive solar design.
David A. Bainbridge has been involved in design and building for over 30 years. His interest in planning, microclimate, and
renewable energy led to work with Living Systems and the California Energy Commission, and the creation of the Passive Solar
Institute. He learned passive solar design working with Todd Neubauer and Jon Hammond, and in collaboration with Ken Haggard,
Polly Cooper, Peter van Dresser, and William Schurcliff. He was awarded the American Solar Energy Society’s Passive Solar
Pioneer Award in 2004. He retired as Associate Professor of Sustainable Management at Alliance International University in
2010. He is the author of 16 books, 21 book chapters, and more than 300 papers and reports including “A Water Wall Solar Design
Manual”, published in 2005, contained in this collection.
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