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.

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466 pages

Builder's Guide to Hot-Humid Climates

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.

Housing Ourselves: Creating Affordable, Sustainable Shelter

Housing Ourselves: Creating Affordable, Sustainable Shelter

Author(s): Richard Burnham

ISBN: 0070092370

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This timely book offers a practical and workable approach to building an affordable, sustainable, environmentally-sensitive house by having owners build it themselves. Richard Burnham draws on the practices of native people, pioneers and third-world populations to create a concept called minimumexistenz, which is both affordable and sustainable. Minimumexistenz — while not for everyone — offers an important counterpoint to ever-growing suburban monuments. Burnham explains how to: Choose materials that are cost-effective, sustainable and originate locally. Design homes that are suitable to an area’s climate, topography and other shelter requirements. Launch the project on a shoestring and add on incrementally as finances permit. Create homes that bring individuality and variety back to today’s homogenized landscape… And much more! Although this book is clearly targeted for owner-builders, professionals committed to affordability will find useful ideas, too.

196 pages, 1998

A Primer on Sustainable Building

A Primer on Sustainable BuildingAuthor(s): Dianna Lopez Barnett, Dianna L. Barnett, William D. Browning

Publisher: Rocky Mountain Institute

ISBN: 1881071057

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A Primer on Sustainable Building

When people build or buy a new home, they usually think in local terms: What’s the neighorhood like, is the space adequate, can we afford it? It’s a big decision and a highly personal statement about who we are, that intersection of the American Dream and our individual vision of the good life.

But buildings are also social and environmental facts. They occupy space, consume resources, and impact the land in a significant way whether isolated on a remote hilltop or massed together in a suburban tract. A Primer on Sustainable Building is a workbook for consumers, contractors, architects, and developers who want to address these facts and create buildings that please both individuals and the environment. Rather than invent radical cures that deprive us of comfort and beauty, proponents of sustainable design (or “green development”) resurrect classic architectural principles and advocate greater sensitivity to climate, terrain, and land use alternatives. “The primary goal of sustainable design is to lessen the harm poorly designed buildings cause by using the best of ancient building approaches in logical combination with the best of new technological advances,” explains author Dianna Lopez Barnett. It’s not a new principle, just one that’s been forgotten during the last half century.

The wire-bound Primer covers everything from the principles of sustainable building through design, site selection, construction, energy use, and maintenance. It includes a helpful glossary and resource guide, and it’s short and easy to read — just the sort of thing to peruse before you hire a contractor or fire up the backhoe.

The Natural House Catalog : Everything You Need to Create an Environmentally Friendly Home

The Natural House Catalog
Author(s): David Pearson (Editor)

Publisher: Fireside

ISBN: 0684801981

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Synopsis:
Featuring specific how-to projects written by specialists, as well as an index organized by city and region, this book is a natural for home builders, renovators, decorators, and fixer-uppers who cherish the environment now–and want to preserve it for future generations. 91 photos, 16 in color.

Table of Contents
Pt. 1. Everything you need
Ch. 1. Building
Ch. 2. Soft Energy
Ch. 3. Water
Ch. 4. Sane Electrics
Ch. 5. Lighting
Ch. 6. Air
Ch. 7. Decoration
Ch. 8. Furniture and Furnishings
Ch. 9. Non-Toxic Home
Ch. 10. Backyard
Ch. 11. Recycling
Ch. 12. Green Experts
Pt. 2. Directory of Products, Resources and Services
Index

Defects and Deterioration in Buildings

Publisher: Chapman & Hall

ISBN: 0419149201

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Defects and Deterioration in Buildings

1st Ed.
Hardcover
Publication date: January 1991

There are many types of defects and deterioration which can occur in buildings. These range from structural to noise problems, from concrete to plumbing. It is therefore essential that the qualified practitioner is able to diagnose the fault and specify remedial treatment before more damage is caused. This book sets out the various problems in clearly defined chapters, each with its own introduction. There is also a chapter which guides the reader through the various health and safety problems which are likely to occur in buildings, and offers advice on topics ranging from combustion dangers to allergies. Finally, there is a section which gives information and advice on liability for faults.

Booknews, Inc. , 04/01/91:
Assists architects, building surveyors, structural engineers, and building contractors in diagnosing existing problems and in avoiding them in new buildings. Special sections address health and safety problems and liability for faults. Includes a 12-page glossy insert with 47 b&w plates. Distributed by VNR. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Fine Homebuilding on Exterior Finishing : Siding, Roofs, Decks and Porches

Publisher: Taunton Press

ISBN: 1561580538

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Fine Homebuilding on Exterior Finishing : Siding, Roofs, Decks and Porches

Paperbound
Color photos, diagrams.
128 pages

Twenty-five articles from Fine Homebuilding magazine cover nearly every exterior project or problem, from siding, painting and flashing to gutter replacement, deck building and stair construction.

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

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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 Timeless Way of Building

The Timeless Way of BuildingAuthor(s): Christopher Alexander

Publisher: Oxford Univ Press

ISBN: 0195024028

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The Timeless Way of Building

A breathtaking and profound book. It is amazing how a book that propounds revolutionary architectural theory has stirred up the computer software industry. This deeply philosophical book, which is very practical and rigorous, lays the foundation for developing pattern languages. The book is all about a common language that can be shared to build artifacts that are alive. It stresses that a design should always concentrate on the whole and not on assembling parts. It also shows the power of distributed processing, if you will, as against centralized processing. All the great principles have one thing in common. They are simple. And, after one realizes such a simple but profound principle, one can not stop wondering how one survived without its knowledge. This book gives that feeling. If you are involved in architecture of any sort- buildings, software, organization or even politics- this book is a must for you.

Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design

Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring Design

Patterns of Home: The Ten Essentials of Enduring DesignAuthor(s): Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, Barbara Winslow

Publisher: Taunton Press

ISBN: 1561585335

Cost: $34.95

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Product Description:
Clearly written and profusely illustrated, Patterns of Home brings the timeless lessons of residential design to homeowners who seek inspiration and direction in the design or remodel of their homes. Patterns of Home promises to become the “design bible” for homeowners and architects. The 10 patterns described in the book — among them, “capturing light” and “the flow through rooms” — are drawn from hundreds of principles and presented with clarity by the authors, renowned architects who have designed homes together for more than 30 years. Insightful tours of 33 homes also bring the essential design concepts to life. This book will jump-start the design process and make the difference between a home that satisfies material requirements — and one that meets the personal needs of a home. “Patterns of Home gives us the tools to make our houses truly wonderful places to live.” — Sarah Susanka

300 photos and 50 illustrations
282 pages, hardcover, 2002