Your Green Home: A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New Home

Your Green Home: A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New HomeAuthor: Alex Wilson

Paperback: 256 pages

Publisher: New Society Publishers (June 1, 2006)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0865715556

ISBN-13: 978-0865715554

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More and more homeowners today want houses that are healthy to live in and cause minimal damage to the environment. That’s what green building is all about.

Your Green Home is written for homeowners planning a new home—whether you are working with an architect or builder, or serving as your own general contractor. Intended to improve the overall environmental performance of new houses being built, the book sets out to answer some of the big-picture questions relating to having a home designed and built—and getting what you want.

Your Green Home covers:

• Home location and its relationship to the community
• Site design
• Construction systems
• Building design to optimize energy performance
• Renewable energy systems
• Material selection
• Indoor environmental quality
• Water efficiency
• Material selection

Written by the founder of BuildingGreen—North America’s premier green building authority—this book will prove useful not only to future homeowners, but also to designers and builders seeking to meet this demand. Building professionals well-versed in green building may find this a useful book to give to potential clients to convey the scope and principles of green building.

Alex Wilson is president of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News, the oldest and most respected publication serving North America’s green building industry. A green building expert since the 1970s, he has authored countless articles on the topic and several books, including Green Building Products, the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, and Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate.

Reinventing Fire

Reinventing Fire

Author: Amory Lovins
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (October 15, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1603583718
ISBN-13: 978-1603583718

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How U.S. businesses can lead the nation from oil and coal to efficiency and renewables by 2050, and profit in the process

Oil and coal have built our civilization, created our wealth, and enriched the lives of billions. Yet their rising costs to our security, economy, health, and environment now outweigh their benefits. Moreover, that long-awaited energy tipping point—where alternatives work better than oil and coal and compete purely on cost—is no longer decades in the future. It is here and now. And it is the fulcrum of economic transformation.

A global clean energy race has emerged with astounding speed. The ability to operate without fossil fuels will define winners and losers in business—and among nations.

Now, in Reinventing Fire, Amory Lovins and Rocky Mountain Institute offer a new vision to revitalize business models, end-run Washington gridlock, and win the clean energy race—not forced by public policy but led by business for enduring profit. Grounded in 30 years’ practical experience, this ground-breaking, peer-reviewed analysis integrates market-based solutions across transportation, buildings, industry, and electricity. It maps pathways and competitive strategies for a 158%-bigger 2050 U.S. economy that needs no oil, no coal, no nuclear energy, one-third less natural gas, and no new inventions. This transition would cost $5 trillion less than business-as-usual—without counting fossil fuels’ huge hidden costs. It requires no new federal taxes, subsidies, mandates, or laws. The policy innovations needed to unlock and speed it need no Act of Congress.

Whether you care most about profits and jobs, national security, health, or environmental stewardship, Reinventing Fire charts a pragmatic course that makes sense and makes money. With clarity and mastery, Lovins and RMI reveal the astounding opportunities for enterprise to create the new energy era.

From Contractor to Consumer: the Truth about Heating, Air Conditioning, and Home Comfort Systems: What Your Contractor Won’t Tell You

From Contractor to Consumer: the Truth about Heating, Air Conditioning, and Home Comfort Systems: What Your Contractor Won't Tell YouAuthor: Joe Gorman

Paperback: 72 pages

Publisher: iUniverse (October 17, 2009)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1440178178

ISBN-13: 978-1440178177

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The only book written for homeowners and consumers to help you understand how heating, air conditioning, and duct systems work together as a home comfort system. Whether you are looking to purchase a new heating and air conditioning system or just looking to solve some ongoing problems your contractor keeps saying is “normal” operation, this book will bring to youan understanding of heating, air conditioning, and home comfort systems and how they work together so you will be better prepared to make the right decisions when it comes to making your home or business as comfortable and energy efficient as you want it to be.

Learn how you can:

Save Money and Save Energy with your new or existing heating, air conditioning, and home comfort system

Make the right choices

Choose the right system to fit your needs

Make your home more comfortable

Choose the right contractor

And,

Know what to look for when purchasing a furnace, air conditioner, or home comfort system.

For questions or comments the author may be contacted at comfortbook@jpgorman.com

The Solar House: Passive Heating and Cooling

The Solar House: Passive Heating and CoolingAuthor(s): Dan Chiras
Paperback: 286 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green (October 1, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1931498121
ISBN-13: 978-1931498128

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Passive solar heating and passive cooling—approaches known as natural conditioning—provide comfort throughout the year by reducing, or eliminating, the need for fossil fuel. Yet while heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Now Dan Chiras, author of the popular book “The Natural House,” brings those principles up to date for a new generation of solar enthusiasts. The techniques required to heat and cool a building passively have been used for thousands of years. Early societies such as the Native American Anasazis and the ancient Greeks perfected designs that effectively exploited these natural processes. The Greeks considered anyone who didn’t use passive solar to heat a home to be a barbarian! In the United States, passive solar architecture experienced a major resurgence of interest in the 1970s in response to crippling oil embargoes. With grand enthusiasm but with scant knowledge (and sometimes little common sense), architects and builders created a wide variety of solar homes. Some worked pretty well, but looked more like laboratories than houses. Others performed poorly, overheating in the summer because of excessive or misplaced windows and skylights, and growing chilly in the colder months because of insufficient thermal mass and insulation and poor siting. In “The Solar House,” Dan Chiras sets the record straight on the vast potential for passive heating and cooling. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, he highlights certain egregious—and entirely avoidable—errors. More importantly, Chiras explains in methodical detail how today’s home builders can succeed with solar designs. Now that energy efficiency measures including higher levels of insulation and multi-layered glazing have become standard, it is easier than ever before to create a comfortable and affordable passive solar house that will provide year-round comfort in any climate. Moreover, since modern building materials and airtight construction methods sometimes result in air-quality and even toxicity problems, Chiras explains state-of-the-art ventilation and filtering techniques that complement the ancient solar strategies of thermal mass and daylighting. Chiras also explains the new diagnostic aids available in printed worksheet or software formats, allowing readers to generate their own design schemes.

Energy-Efficient Design and Construction for Commercial Buildings

Energy-Efficient Design and Construction for Commercial Buildings

Author(s): Adrian Tuluca

Publisher: McGraw Hill Text

ISBN: 0070711593

ISBN-13: 978-0070711594

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Hardcover

Publication date: January 1997

Synopsis: Today’s architects must design energy-efficient buildings, so they need to grasp all aspects of the building process related to energy savings. This guide makes energy-saving design strategies accessible to these professionals by explaining them in non-technical language. Included also are case studies which provide a thorough understanding of all facets of the building envelope, as well as mechanical and electrical systems.

170 illustrations.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. The Building Envelope: Walls, Roofs, and Foundations
  • 2. Glass, Glazing, and Solar Control
  • 3. Efficient Lighting
  • 4. HVAC Equipment
  • 5. Heat Recovery
  • 6. Cogeneration
  • 7. HVAC Control Systems
  • 8. Tools for Energy Efficient Design Conclusion

HyGCHP Hybrid Groundsource Heat Pump Modeling Software

Reduce the cost of implementing geothermal heat pump systems on your building projects by going hybrid. A hybrid geothermal heat pump system can lower your costs by reducing the peak capacity of your ground loop and allowing you to install a smaller, less expensive ground heat exchanger. HyGCHP is a software module that can help you analyze this option!

An easy-to-use, but sophisticated method of analyzing various hybrid geothermal configurations is one piece that has been missing from the world of geothermal analysis tools. With our free modeling tool, HyGCHP (Hybrid Ground-Coupled Heat Pumps) you can use the powerful TRNSYS-based ground heat exchanger module1 to investigate several configurations of geothermal system, including both conventional geothermal systems and various hybrid options, from heating dominated to cooling dominated systems.

Use HyGCHP to:

  • Determine how much money a building owner can save by choosing a hybrid geothermal system.
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Planet Earth Home

Cover, Planet Earth HomeAuthor(s): Mel Moench

Publisher: Osprey Press

ISBN: planetearthhome

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“This is by far the most comprehensive attempt to create the truly unplugged house… …systems forliving which honor the Earth.” –John Todd, President Ocean Arks International

This book fills a needed niche in self-sufficiency information. The book is a complete resource for the home biosphere. Rather than the home thought of as only a shelter, we need to begin to redefine the home as a potential provider. The result will be our own increased well-being as well as the future well-being of planet Earth. Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion From the Authors website: This book contains a plan for constructing a completely self-sufficient home for a family of four, which is designed to provide both food and power and can be located anywhere. No stream needed No hilltop location necessary No sunbelt location required No extensive farming skills No major mechanical skills No huge costs Limited lifestyle change This is a complete reference spanning and condensing over 21 years of research and tens of thousands of books, articles, technical documents and phone calls, covering all aspects of self-sufficiency. It answers questions such as: Which power source do I need? Which plants and animals are best? Which building materials last the longest? What are the easiest plumbing and sewage methods? How do I preserve enough food? Where is recycling used? The information and plan has been designed to simplify the many complex technologies into an understandable and easy-to-read format. The table of contents is grouped by function, making information easily accessible. The basic plan can be modified to suit the Individual needs in building your own home. Whether you are a survivalist, a young family looking for some measure of independence or want a second food source, this book can give you as much self-sufficiency ideas as you ever could want.

Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design

Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design

Author(s): United States Department of the Interior

Publisher: National Park Service

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Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design

United States Department of the Interior

National Park Service, 1993.

Excellent chapter on Site Design is written primarily for park facilities, but most of the concepts can and should be applied to general residential and commercial projects as well.

The New Solar Electric Home : The Photovoltaics How-To Handbook

Cover, The New Solar Electric Home : The Photovoltaics How-To Handbook Author(s): Joel Davidson

Publisher: Aatec Pubns

ISBN: 0937948098

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Rev/Expdd Edition
Paperback
Publication date: July 1987

Good basics, somewhat outdated, but probably best available. This book has been around for a long time. When it first came out, in 1987, it was the best book available. Unfortunately, it has not been updated since then, even though it has been reprinted several times. It has excellent basics for planning and designing a system, but much of the technology illustrated is outdated. With an update, this could be the best book in the field.

Living Spaces: Ecological Building and Design

Cover, Living Spaces: Ecological Building and DesignAuthor(s): L. Abraham and T. Fisher

ISBN: 3895089257
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Living Spaces: Ecological Building and Design adapted from Germany by L. Abraham. T., Fisher .

This dense, spectacular, full color edition covers everything including stone, clay, cob, timberframe, brick and other natural techniques. Discusses sustainability, the basics of design, materials, solar, thermal, acoustical, moisture, cost effectiveness, repair, energy efficiency, and so much more.

(Natural pigments from plants, water systems, recycling old doors, windows, modern electrical products, materials in bedding, insulation composting, fuel, and facade design. Over 480 pages with unique photos of European and other houses throughout, bibliography, resources, index.

(I especially liked the reed matting and clay daub photos indicating how very old styles can be used today (pgs 93-95). Hardbound, oversize,

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