I know this thread has got a little aged by now but I thought that this little review of books on energy/building science may be of interest. A number of the books are listed under the 'books' heading: -
INTRODUCTION TO ARCHITECTURAL SCIENCE: THE BASIS OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN BY STEVEN SZOKOLAY.
Though it is not UK specific (whereas Little/Thomas is) in terms of currency and accessibility this is the best all rounder I have come across so far. The book does venture into the discussing ASHRAE standards as well as those of the UK/Europe thus giving a convincing overview of building science as it currently stands. Offering insight over a range of topic areas including comfort, thermal performance (U-values, thermal mass and thermal bridging), acoustics and lighting. For those inclined the book also has some handy worksheets at the back.
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN (PAPERBACK) BY RANDALL THOMAS
Competing for best building science book is Thomas’s regularly updated book. Useful and informative though it caters for a broader audience than Design with Energy i.e. it examines commercial buildings also. The book has an impressive array of case studies, the main criticism being that they all belong to the practice that Thomas works for. NOTE: The third edition of the book is now available whereas my criticism relates to the second.
THERMAL ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF PASSIVE SOLAR BUILDINGS BY A.K. ATHIENITIS AND M. SANTAMOURIS
This is a detailed examination that goes into the building physics of passive solar design. This is not a coffee table book, quite the opposite. It made me realize just how much calculation is involved in the design of a truly successful passive solar building. Most of the algorithms discussed went straight over my head. This book is not for the faint hearted rather it is for the serious building scientist.
From reading this book I also concluded that some serious software is needed to assist with the design of a true passive solar house.
PASSIVE SOLAR ENERGY BOOK BY MAZRIA, EDWARD
Having tracked a copy of this book down as a consequence of David O’s suggestion above I have to agree that this book is a classic. Structured in a manner similar to ‘A Pattern Language’ I have not come across a book that tackles passive solar design in such a thorough or pragmatic way. My only concern is that as time has moved on more detailed modeling techniques have developed and new technologies have been developed, particularly with regard to glazing. This may impact upon a number of the books propositions.
THE NEW AUTONOMOUS HOUSE: DESIGN AND PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY, B AND R VALE
I have read a number of books on the subject of environmental science/passive solar design (the best I’ve read so far being covered in this review) but this is the only book offers detailed insight into the full range of selecting and specifying for a domestic setting. It offers insight into the specification of cooking appliances through to a useful concept for assisting with the preliminary stages of a design; what could be termed the “Vales Room.” The book also has some astonishing, and frankly amusing, heat load calculations regarding the thermal performance of cats. A quirky lovable classic.