Building with Structural Insulated Panels

Author(s): Michael Morley

ISBN: 1561583510

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Every once in a while a new technology comes along that makes its predecessors obsolete. Today, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) are in the process of replacing the postwar norm of stick-framed, fiberglass-insulated houses and light commercial buildings. SIPs produce a structurally superior, better insulated, faster to erect and more environmentally friendly house than possible with conventional building methods.

SIPs are solid, one-piece structural components that can be used in walls, floors and roofs. Instead of separate pieces of framing, insulation and sheathing, a SIP panel incorporating all three components comes ready to install.

In this book, experienced SIP builder Michael Morley explains how to:

  • Choose the right panels for the job
  • Equip yourself with the tools you need to work with SIPs
  • Fabricate panels and components
  • Install wall and roof panels
  • Run mechanical systems in SIP buildings

The SIPs industry is poised to make a significant difference in the way people construct the buildings they live and work in. Building with Structural Insulated Panels is the indispensable reference for anyone who wants to work with this innovative, field-tested construction system.

186 pages, 2000, Hardcover

New Technologies for Energy Efficiency

New Technologies for Energy EfficiencyAuthor(s): Michael F. Hordeski

Publisher: Fairmont Press

Hardcover: 376 pages

ISBN: 0881733695

ISBN-13: 978-0881733693

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The needs of the new economy have had the effect of stressing the existing energy infrastructure to the point of crisis. The current regulatory system tends to encourage the building of large power plants with long lead times. This important book examines the full scope of new technologies available to address this crisis of electricity supply now by reducing dependency on the power grid. The author details the tools and technologies available for incorporating smaller, clean, more efficient energy-generating technologies such as small-scale cogeneration, fuel cells, and natural gas distributed generation into your energy management plan. He thoroughly examines the role of new technologies in reducing operating costs and developing more innovative and practical approaches to energy management, including implementing alternative energy programs, monitoring rates and policy, managing power quality, exploring cost-effective power generation solutions, utilizing cost-effective energy services, benefitting from information monitoring and diagnostic systems, assessing energy storage options, integrating lighting and cooling systems, and more.

Passive Solar Commercial and Institutional Buildings: A Sourcebook of Examples and Design Insights

Passive Solar Commercial and Institutional Buildings: A Sourcebook of Examples and Design InsightsAuthor(s): Paris, France International Energy Agency, S.R. Hastings

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0471939439

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Paperback, 464 pages
Publication date: March 1994

The publisher, John Wiley & Sons:
Collected results of research performed by solar experts from 12 countries during 1986-1991. Features 45 building case studies and expands their findings through parametric studies using computer models. Encourages the design of buildings adapted to and profiting from their environmental climate. Covers effective passive solar concepts in residential and commercial design. Discusses both the energy-saving and aesthetic effects of daylighting design.

Booknews, Inc., 06/01/94:
Presents the results of research carried out by solar experts from 12 countries between 1986 and 1991, featuring 45 case studies of buildings–both commercial and institutional–that range from a large university complex with multiple atria in Norway to a sports hall employing a mass wall in Spain. Insights gained from these projects have been expanded by conducting parametric studies using computer models, some of which were developed specifically for this International Energy Agency research. Practically rather than aesthetically illustrated with b&w charts, drawings, photographs, and plans. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Table of Contents

Parts of the Book
Chapters
Integration of Strategies
References

SOLAR USABILITY
Introduction
Internal Gains
Simulation Studies with an Ideal Heating System
Simulation Studies with Actual Heating Systems
Conclusions
References

SOLAR HEATING
Introduction
Direct Gain Systems
Air Collector Systems
Air Flow
Windows
Mass Wall Systems
Transparent Insulation Systems
Absorber Walls
Storage Systems

DAYLIGHTING
Introduction
Classification of Strategies
Examples
Detailed Results
Analysis
Tools
Conclusions
Recommended Reading

COOLING
Introduction
Strategies
Examples
Analysis
Tools
Conclusions
Recommended Reading

ATRIA
Introduction
Typology
Case Studies
Examples
Design Insights
Atrium Analysis
Tools
Conclusions
Recommended Reading
Appendices
Index.

Solutions for Energy Security & Facility Management Challenges

Solutions for Energy Security & Facility Management ChallengesAuthor(s): The Association of Energy Engineers

Publisher: Fairmont Press

Paperback: 606 pages

ISBN: 0-88173-411-X

ISBN-13: 978-0881734119

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Here’s your comprehensive, up-to-the-minute source for the very latest developments in applications and strategies for managing energy costs, assuring a secure and affordable energy supply, and achieving optimum overall facility operational performance. More than 100 authorities in the fields of energy engineering and management, CHP and on-site generation, alternative and renewable energy, and facilities security and management have contributed to this truly extensive work. You’ll learn about new tools for reducing energy costs in buildings, developing distribution generation strategies, and employing the latest security measures for any type of facility. You’ll find a thorough examination of such topics as integrated combined heat and power systems for buildings; high performance buildings for sustainable design; new power quality solutions; new tools for federal energy managers; measurement and verification systems and continuous commissioning; securing facilities for bio-terrorism protection and disaster preparedness; realtime risk management in the energy market; the rapidly approaching market for fuel cell technologies; and much more including detailed case studies.

8½ x 11, 624 pp., Illus., Softcover

Community Energy Workbook: A Guide to Building a Sustainable Economy

Community Energy Workbook : A Guide to Building a Sustainable EconomyAuthor(s): Alice Hubbard

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Institute

ISBN: 1881071049

ISBN-13: 978-1881071044

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Publication date: March 1995
Community Energy Workbook : A Guide to Building a Sustainable Economy
Reduce your community’s energy consumption and improve the local economy. Drawing on the experiences of citizens around the country, The Community Energy Workbook outlines a comprehensive, step-by-step process for achieving sustainable, community-wide energy savings. This companion to The Economic Renewal Guide will help you calculate your community’s total energy bill, examine its economic and environmental implications, organize an energy town meeting, and involve the entire community in creating and implementing an energy action plan. We could forge no better energy policy than to put copies of The Community Energy Workbook on the desk of every local official and active citizen in the country.
–David Orr, author of Ecological Literacy.

1st edition (1995).
Softcover, 270 pages

Energy Conscious Design: A Primer for Architects

Author(s): John R. Goulding, J. Owen Lewis, Theo C. Steemers (Editor)

Publisher: B T Batsford Ltd

Paperback: 160 pages

ISBN: 0713469196

ISBN-13: 978-0713469196

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This book, being prepared for the Commission of the European Communities, is concerned with the idea of the urban energy efficiency as a means to provide better environmental performance. Its simplified way of presenting fundamental concepts is very convenient. What I really liked the best is that it is filled with very nice and clear figures that are self-explanatory. However, these figures are not numbered!!!, which makes it hard to link them with the text. The book is very useful for architects and architectural students.

Energy-Efficient Operation of Commercial Buildings: Redefining the Energy Manager’s Job

Energy-Efficient Operation of Commercial Buildings: Redefining the Energy Manager's JobAuthor(s): Peter Herzog, John Carmody

Publisher: McGraw Hill Text

Hardcover: 197 pages

ISBN: 0070284687

ISBN-13: 978-0070284685

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Energy-Efficient Operation of Commercial Buildings : Redefining the Energy Manager’s Job Hardcover, 197 pages Publication date: June 1997

Synopsis: A book for architects and building, facilities, and energy managers, it features a graphic format filled with charts, graphs, diagrams, and worksheets. This no-nonsense guide introduces the basic concepts and presents a six-step process for identifying savings potential, operating efficiency, and building performance. Card catalog description Whether you’re a building owner, facility manager, performance contractor, energy manager, or building operator, this book will show you the role you can play in a new, common-sense approach to energy cost-containment. The methods described will revitalize your energy cost reduction efforts by providing a clear path to achieving operational improvements. This unique resource features a user-friendly format that takes you through a step-by-step process to identify savings potential and achieve measurable cost reduction.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1. Efficient Operation: The Missing Component of Energy Management

Ch. 2. An Introduction to Energy-Efficient Building Operation

Ch. 3. Identifying Energy-Consuming Devices

Ch. 4. Estimating Electrical Energy Use

Ch. 5. Estimating Fuel Energy Use

Ch. 6. A Process for Achieving Operating Efficiency

Ch. 7. Applying the Process to Overhead Lighting

Ch. 8. Applying the Process to Air-Handling Units

Ch. 9. Adapting the Process to Various Facility Types

Appendix A. Estimating the Annual Cost to Operate Electrical Devices

Appendix B. Estimating the Annual Cost to Operate Fuel-Consuming Devices

Appendix C. Estimating Demand Costs

Homemade Money : How to Save Energy and Dollars in Your Home

Homemade Money: How to Save Energy and Dollars in Your HomeAuthor(s): H. Richard Heede, Richard Heede, Owen Bailey, Rocky Mountain instit

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Institute

Paperback, 258 pages

ISBN: 188317807X

ISBN-13: 978-1883178079

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Publication date: July 1996

How-To Editor’s Recommended Book, 03/01/97:
The preeminent energy think tank in the United States, The Rocky Mountain Institute, estimates that $50 billion could be saved in the U.S. each year using current materials and technology. Homemade Money is your guidebook to claiming your share of the savings! In great detail, going so far as to give brand names, this book shows you how to save energy on heating, cooling, appliances, and household systems. It also gives construction and remodeling techniques to maximize energy savings. The book is organized to help readers sort through the huge number of choices and suggestions and set priorities without being intimidated. Virtually anyone can implement enough of these strategies to save energy and money almost immediately.

Customer Comments

A reader from Virginia , 01/23/98, rating=8:
A highly cost-effective investment and reasonably practical. The advice in this book spans the gamut– everything from First, go after holes a cat could crawl through. to triple-paned windows that take decades to pay for themselves. Whether you’re looking to save a few quick bucks, or you approach conservation from an aesthetic, save-the-planet viewpoint, there is plenty here to keep you busy. Some of the advice is controversial (vapor barriers in attics) and some is bogus (wrapping your hot water heater, which is probably well insulated already), but the treatment of the subject appears thorough and reasonably practical.

The Publisher, RMI:
Be more environmentally responsible, live better, and save money: this book will show you how. A how-to guide for householders, it features hundreds of tips on weatherization, insulation, heating and cooling systems, windows, hot-water heating, appliances, and lighting, plus advice on incorporating solar and other efficient design elements into new construction. Homemade Money maps out the microcosm of your home, office, or plant with clarity, precision, and a keen sense of first-things-first.–Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the 1992 UN Earth Summit.

Wind Energy Basics

Wind Energy BasicsAuthor(s): Paul Gipe

Publisher: Chelsea Green (April 1, 1999)

Paperback: 122 pages

ISBN: 1890132071

ISBN-13: 978-1890132071

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This introductory guide to wind energy systems focuses on the newest, smallest and most affordable wind generators — called micro turbines. The debut of these smaller turbines brings the technology within reach of almost everyone. The book includes the author’s own method of analyzing wind turbines to make sense of sometimes confusing performance claims. Detailed information is provided on planning, purchasing, siting and installing wind systems, whether standing alone or connected to the utility grid. Hybrid systems that work in tandem with photovoltaic modules can complement many situations where one or the other can’t meet the need. Wind Energy Basics is not intended to be exhaustive. (Look to Wind Energy for Home and Business. for the encyclopedic treatment.) This smaller book introduces wind energy and covers smaller systems of interest to consumers.

122 pages, 1999

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Author(s): Don Booth, Jonathan Booth, Peg Boyles

Publisher: Community Builders Publication

ISBN: 0960442235

ISBN-13: 978-0960442232

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Back in 1983 Don Booth’s company, Community Builders was one of the premier developers of energy efficient homes in New England. This privately published book was probably written to help prospective customers understand the technology and boost sales. No matter what his reason, Don’s book became a classic of the genre. Calling upon his experience, he goes step-by-step through the theory and practice of building super insulated and passive solar/geothermal homes. The explanations are clear, the examples are informative and it provides just the right amount of technical detail. If you are planning to build a new home, read this book first. The principles you learn here will save you thousands of heating and cooling dollars. It has already saved me from a very expensive mistake.

Unlike most books on this topic, you can actually read this book without stunning your brain. Instead of bulking up the book with endless pages of sun elevation charts or conversion tables, Don includes twenty ‘reviews’ of solar/geothermal homes by their owners, designers and builders. These vary from the comic to the insane as the early pioneers struggle to build their dream homes. Some of these stories would make good movies. My personal favorite is the lady who lives in a tent on the site while her home is built. We watch with dismay as construction delays move completion deep into the cold New England winter. Finally, she moves gleefully into the shell while waiting for the windows, only to have her children complain that the tent was warmer. Who says we can’t learn from the mistakes of others.

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