Passive Solar House Basics

Passive Solar House BasicsAuthor(s): Peter Van Dresser

Publisher: Ancient City Press

ISBN: 0941270904

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Lays out in plain language what an owner/builder or designer will need to know about siting, designing, constructing, and living in a solar adobe home. Van Dresser’s text and pictures provide a beginner’s course in adobe construction and passive solar heat collection, including suggestions for natural heat circulation and heat storage in thermal mass. Included are sample house plans, ideas for solar hot water heaters, and plans-to-scale for solar crop dryers.

From the Back Cover

How-To House Construction Solar Anyone who has been in a solar house, on a cold winter day has felt the warmth and comfort of its natural radiant heat. In 1958, solar pioneer Peter van Dresser built his first solor-heated house, one of the two oldest in the United States. In Passive Solar House Basics, van Dresser lats out in text and illustrations the principles an owner builder will need to know in siting, designing, building, and living in their solar house. Several sample house plans, ideas for solar hot water heaters, and plans for solar crop dryers give the solar enthusiast the basic information they will need to begin plans on their energy efficient home. In this book van Dresser shows that solar energy can be economically harnessed by simple means. Means that are within the grasp of the average homeowner and builder. “…an everyman’s guide that could easily become the textbook for the beginning professional in the arts and sciences of buildings.” -Jeffrey Cook, College of Architecture Arizone State University

136 pages Publication date: April 1996

Audubon House – Building the Environmentally Responsible, Energy-Efficient Office

Audubon House: Building the Environmentally Responsible, Energy-Efficient OfficePublisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471024961

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Synopsis:
The behind-the-scenes story of the construction of one of the world’s most environmentally sound buildings in the heart of New York City–the headquarters of the Audubon Society. Audubon and the Croxton architects sought to make Audubon House a model for design professionals around the world.

Card catalog description
Audubon House is the inspiring story of how the Audubon/Croxton team converted a 19th-century architectural masterpiece into one of the most environmentally advanced buildings ever designed. Providing a model that can be followed by owners, developers, architects, and building professionals, this book demonstrates how environmental criteria, such as sustainable use of resources, energy efficiency, and air quality can be achieved without sacrificing traditional considerations of cost, functionality, and aesthetics. Built at market cost and using only off-the-shelf technology, Audubon House is sixty percent more energy efficient than the conventional approach would have been. It saves its owners a projected $100,000 dollars annually in operating expenses, and supports an extraordinarily practical, healthy, and handsome office environment. The book is organized into two parts. Part I introduces the project and describes what members of the Audubon team discovered about the environmental impact of buildings and the types of systems that can mitigate this impact. Part II presents four essential systems at Audubon House: lighting, heating and cooling, ventilation and indoor air quality, and recycling. Particular attention is paid to the way in which these systems work together, each contributing to the performance of the whole. These goals could only be realized through the close cooperation of the architects, interior designers, environmentalists, engineers, research scientists, and contractors who collaborated on the project. The description of this collaborative process is as central to the theme of this book as the building’s many design innovations and energy-saving features. Richly illustrated with professional photographs and architectural drawings, Audubon House is both a guidepost for environmentally sound construction and an inspiring chronicle of hope for all environmentally concerned citizens.

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons:
In 1992, the National Audubon Society completed construction on one of the most environmentally advanced edifices ever built. The building’s success is due equally to the new technologies implemented, sound economic principles used to guide the project and the special collaborative approach of the design and construction team. This lavishly illustrated book examines all three elements in a manner that will show others how these principles can be applied to create buildings with improved environmental performance.

Table of Contents

TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
The Built Environment: Counting the Costs
Dimensions of Sustainable Design

INSIDE AUDUBON HOUSE
Lighting and Other Energy Efficiencies
Heating, Cooling, and Energy at Audubon
The Healthy Workplace: Ventilation and Materials
Recycling at Audubon: Closing the Loop
Conclusion: A Success in the Making
Appendices
Index.

The Smart Kitchen

Cover, The Smart Kitchen

Author(s): David Goldbeck

ISBN: 0960613870

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An innovative guide to making kitchens “user friendly,” energy-efficient, safe and environment-friendly. Every element of the kitchen is discussed, including appliances, materials, fixtures and design. Recycling, composting and energy efficiency are extensively discussed.

134 pages, 50 illustrations, 1994

EEBA Building Better Homes DVD

EEBA Building Better Homes DVDCreated for builders, architects, and remodelers, this DVD-ROM shows you how to use the latest tools and techniques of building science to construct comfortable, energy-efficient homes. Building-science pioneer and world-renowned educator Mark LaLiberte demonstrates a wide range of cutting-edge procedures that are breaking new ground in the evolving world of green building. Six hours of interactive content includes:

  • Installation videos
  • Special animation
  • Close-up photos
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Printable construction drawings & checklists
  • Work forms for on-site use

Building Better Homes takes you through every step of the process, from choosing the site and building the foundation to heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems. Ideal for foremen, supervisors, and subcontractors, this hands-on reference delivers clear, specific, practical information you can use very day on the job.

EEBA Builder’s Guide to Mixed-Humid Climates

 Builder's Guide to Mixed-Humid ClimatesAuthor: Joseph Lstiburek

ISBN: 0975512722

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The North American Mixed Climate edition of the Builder’s Guide now provides the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems in mixed-humid “temperate” climate regions.

©2005
498 pages

EEBA Builder’s Guide to Hot-Dry / Mixed-Dry Climates

 Builder's Guide to Hot-Dry / Mixed-Dry ClimatesAuthor: Joseph Lstiburek

ISBN: 0975512706

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The North American Hot-Dry / Mixed-Dry Climate edition of the Builder’s Guide now provides the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems with revised sections on: Foundations, Walls, Roofs and an expanded discussion of Vapor Barriers, Additional Appendixes PLUS a newly added Glossary of Terms.

©2004
490 pages

EEBA Builder’s Guide to Cold Climates

Builder's Guide to Cold ClimatesAuthor: Joseph Lstiburek

ISBN: 0975512714

 

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The North American Cold Climate edition of the Builder’s Guide is augmented to provide the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems in colder regions.

A concise, graphically rich technical manual, it contains over 150 detailed illustrations showing the latest details and techniques to effectively implement energy and resource efficient residential construction with revised sections on: Foundations, Walls, Roofs and an expanded discussion of Vapor Barriers, Additional Appendixes PLUS a newly added Glossary of Terms. The new guide embodies much of what is now known about building homes that are affordable, durable, energy efficient, healthy, safe, comfortable and environmentally responsible.

©2006
466 pages

EEBA Builder’s Guide – Hot Humid Climate

 Builder's Guide to Hot-Humid ClimatesAuthor(s): Joe Lstiburek and Betsy Pettit (M. LaLiberte and J. Golden, technical editors)

Publisher: Energy Efficient Building Association

ISBN: 0975512730

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EEBA Builder’s Guide – Hot Humid Climate Published by EEBA after lengthy peer-review, initially for North American Heating Climates, the Builders Guide is a new effort to provide the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems. A concise, graphically rich technical manual, it contains over 150 detailed illustrations showing the latest details and techniques to effectively implement energy and resource efficient residential construction. EEBA’s new guide embodies much of what is now known about building homes that are affordable, durable, energy efficient, healthy, safe, comfortable and environmentally responsible.

Complete Book of Underground Houses : How to Build a Low-Cost Home

Complete Book of Underground Houses : How to Build a Low-Cost HomeAuthor(s): Robert L. Roy, Rob Roy

Publisher: Sterling Publications

ISBN: 0806907282

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Complete Book of Underground Houses : How to Build a Low-Cost Home

Paperback, 144 pages
Publication date: November 1994

From Booklist , 03/01/95:
According to Roy, underground or earth-sheltered houses are unexpectedly livable. Judging by his book’s attractive pictures, that’s easy to believe. The house he bases his point-by-point guide on is indeed a showplace. Its homey touches are just that, though, and Roy’s main concern is creating such a house, from drawing up the plans to surveying the site to the actual building. Roy’s instruction is insightful and comprehensive; for example, he writes that he has poured the four-inch cement floor over the waste plumbing in all the houses he has built and has had no trouble yet, but he also suggests another strategy for those leery of not being able to get at the pipes in an emergency. Throughout, he covers construction and installation details that are extremely important for nonprofessionals brave enough to undertake building their own homes. Copyright© 1995, American Library Association. All rights reserved

Booknews, Inc. , 06/01/95:
Instead of marring a grassy knoll or field with the construction of a conventional house, you could design and build an environmentally sound underground or earth-sheltered home. Roy, director of the Earthwood Building School, provides detailed instructions, from choosing a piece of property to excavating and building a home from top to bottom, with case studies, photos and diagrams, and further resources. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

The Natural House

Author(s): Dan Chiras

ISBN: 0890132578

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Gracious, comfortable and ecologically-benign homes are being built all across America. You may be intrigued by solar techniques and natural materials, yet lack an overview introducing the basic choices now available, along with the pros and cons of various building options. The Natural House addresses that interest with style and substance.

This exciting new book, written by a veteran author who himself lives in a straw-bale and rammed-tire home, takes the reader on a tour of fourteen natural building methods, including straw bale, rammed earth, cordwood, adobe, earthbags, papercrete, Earthships and more. You’ll learn how these homes are built, how much they cost, and the pros and cons of each. A resource guide at the end of every chapter offers a wealth of information.

This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your search for the perfect sustainable dream home. It’s a must for builders, contractors, architects and do-it-yourselfers.

With a writing style that is clear, understandable, at times humorous, and fun to read, the author shows how we can gain energy independence and dramatically reduce our environmental impact through passive heating and cooling techniques, solar electricity, wind power and micro-hydropower. Chiras also explains safe, economical ways of acquiring clean drinking water and treating wastewater, and discusses affordable green building products.

While Chiras is a strong advocate of natural building, he takes care not to romanticize natural building techniques. He alerts readers to avoidable pitfalls, offering detailed practical advice that could save you tens of thousands of dollars, whether you’re buying a natural home, building one yourself or renovating an existing structure or considering hiring a contractor to build for you.

468 pages, 2000

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