Graphic Guide to Frame Construction: Details for Builders and Designers

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Author(s): Rob Thallon

Publisher: Taunton Press

ISBN: 1561583537

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A reigning classic, the Graphic Guide to Frame Construction is a complete visual handbook for wood-frame construction with a special emphasis on energy efficiency. Filled with hundreds of meticulous drawings, it shows the framing details you need to understand when building with wood.

This completely revised and updated edition is more comprehensive and reflects the most recent changes in residential frame construction. It contains more details for energy efficiency, use of modern engineered and composite materials, and construction in high-wind and seismic areas. It’s well annotated and covers foundations, floors, walls, stairs and roofs. Because examples are taken from actual job sites by a trusted expert, this book is an invaluable visual aid that can help builders and homeowners alike to tackle a wide range of framing projects. Whether building a partition or flashing a window, you’ll find the visual explanation here.

Graphic Guide to Frame Construction is a valuable reference for architects and builders, and an ideal primer for students and owner-builders. Starting with the foundation, the book moves systematically from component to component ending with the roof. Regional variations and options are included. These details were mined from actual job sites through the input of a panel of builders and architects from around the U.S. Graphic Guide to Frame Construction is an authoritative reference that helps you review your options and solve specific problems no matter where or what you’re building.

240 pages, 2000

“As a reference on wood framing and enclosure details, Graphic Guide is hard to beat. It’s very well organized and clearly written. The illustrations are sharp, well annotated and drawn at a 1- or 1-1/2-inch scale, so they can be easily transferred to working drawings. And Thallon’s treatment is extensive, often showing several different ways of doing a job.”

Basic Wiring Techniques

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Basic Wiring Techniques

Author(s): Cheryl Smith, editor

Publisher: Ortho

ISBN: 0897212517

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Basic Wiring Techniques

An Ortho book, 112 pages

This handy book is a complete guide to home wiring, from rewring an entire house. to just fixing and installing a lamp.

Learn to plan projects, buy materials, and circuits, update a service panel, run wire, install fixtures, and pass inspections. The book takes the mystery of of electricity and stresses safety.

You can save hundreds of dollars in installing/running wiring in a new home or addition, and at the least understand what the electrician or inspector is talking about.

Home wiring is one place where you want to get it right, and not skimp on materials and proper installation.

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.

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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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

Feng Shui : The Chinese Art of Placement

Author(s): Sarah Rossbach

Publisher: E P Dutton

ISBN: 0140193537

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Feng Shui : The Chinese Art of Placement Paperback, 169 pages Publication date: June 199

The author interprets the wisdom of feng shui master Lin Yn and offers readers a practical guide for understanding the energy flow within spaces and ordering the environment appropriately.

The Earth Sheltered Owner-Built Home

The Earth Sheltered Owner-Built Home

The Earth Sheltered Owner-Built HomeAuthor(s): Barbara Kern, Ken Kern

Publisher: Owner Builder Publications

ISBN: 0910225001

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The Earth Sheltered Owner Built Home

Book teaches the earth sheltered method, siting, draining, wondow and door, waterproofing, landscaping, light and heat, and features photos on the Forestierre ( Clovis CA) underground house built by a French family decades ago with living trees in the grotto entrance. Discusses types of clay and uses, wattle & daub designs, features the Jane and Otis Mullan hoouse.

Also covers the Kern studio with its composite roof, working with clay, curvelinear design, and slip forms walls. Kern’s unique caast cement and rebar ( ferrocement ) hooped ribs and sawdust insulation have not been duplicated. Also some historical underground type shelters are coverd, with some photos.

265 pages, photos and drawings, index- $27.00 , xerographic.

Earth Plasters for Straw Bale Homes

Earth Plasters for Straw Bale Homes

Earth Plasters for Straw Bale HomesAuthor(s): Keely Meagan

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Earth Plasters for Straw Bale Homes by Keely Meagan of Earth Artisans, NM (shown plastering a straw bale house with Jazz, the cat.)

53 pages of everything about using earth and mud for a natural finish on bale walls. Covers earthen recipes, planning, testing, problems, how to mix and apply each coat, tools ( trowels and others) and materials needed, resources, great black & white instructional photos. This is a warm and engaging teaching book!

The book has many recipes good for all types of natural homes and plaster projects.

Retrofitting for Energy Conservation

Retrofitting for Energy Conservation

Retrofitting for Energy ConservationAuthor(s): William H. Clark

Publisher: McGraw Hill

Hardcover: 427 pages

ISBN: 0070119201

ISBN-13: 978-0070119208

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Almost 85% of energy-conserving projects are retrofits, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Retrofitting for Energy Conservation gives you the tools you need to meet this demand with step-by-step help in retrofitting any residence or light commercial building for energy savings. From assessing the challenge and offering the client options through initial project design and final execution of the building plan, this book gives you solutions that meet and exceed code requirements.

Table of Contents
Ch. 1. The Domestic Water System
Ch. 2. Building Envelope
Ch. 3. Ventilation and Infiltration Control
Ch. 4. Lighting Projects I
Ch. 5. Lighting Projects II
Ch. 6. Heating and Cooling Systems
Ch. 7. Central Systems
Ch. 8. Electrical Projects
Ch. 9. Architectural Concepts
Ch. 10. Controls
Ch. 11. Water and Steam System Projects
Project 1. Replacing inefficient hot-water heaters
Project 2. Steam-trap replacement
Ch. 12. Building Projects
Project 3. Attic insulation
Project 4. Motor projects
Ch. 13. HVAC Projects
Project 5. Heat-pump retrofits
Project 6. Dedicated air-handling unit
Project 7. More efficient HVAC units
Ch. 14. Lighting Projects
Project 8. Security lighting
Project 9. Reflective inserts
Project 10. Fixture relamping
Project 11. Interior lighting controls
Project 12. Exterior lighting controls
Ch. 15. Controls Projects
Project 13. Cooling-tower fan controls
Project 14. Programmable thermostats
Project 15. Time clock control of motors
Ch. 16. Auditing Existing Buildings
Ch. 17. The Building Plan Review Audit
Ch. 18. Energy Tips and Tricks
Ch. 19. The HVAC Design Process
Ch. 20. Numerical Analysis Techniques

Practical Photovoltaics: Electricity from Solar Cells

Practical Photovoltaics: Electricity from Solar Cells

Practical Photovoltaics: Electricity from Solar CellsAuthor: Richard J. Komp, Ph.D

Publisher: Aatec Publications; 3 Sub edition (February 2002)

Paperback: 197 pages

ISBN: 093794811X

ISBN-13: 978-0937948118

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Practical Photovoltaics, the now-classic reference on solar electricity, offers a unique combination of technical discussion and practical advice. Physicist, lecturer, and solar-home dweller Richard Komp explains the “how” and the “how-to” of PV, while providing valuable information on the industry, new developments, and the future. The book is a comprehensive guide to the theory and reality of solar electricity, as well as a detailed installation and maintenance manual. A well-illustrated appendix offers step-by-step instructions for constructing your own solar module, a creative approach to demystifying the technology. Presented in a clear, concise, and understandable style, Dr. Komp’s contribution to PV literature has been called the “best single reference available,” “the easiest and most complete education on photovoltaics,” “one of the best basic books on PV,” and “the best of the books.”

Basic Masonry Techniques

Basic Masonry Techniques

Basic Masonry TechniquesAuthor: Douglas Rossi

Publisher: Ortho Books (July 1997)

Paperback: 96 pages

ISBN-10: 0897213181

ISBN-13: 978-0897213189

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This excellent color guide shows how to build walls, fountations, walkways, patios, steps, and retaining walls with brick, stone (such as flagstone) cement blocks, and fieldstones.

Shows how to build forms for footings, foundations, sidewalks, a basketball court, plus estimating cement amounts needed and how to mix cement mortars for the job, curing concrete properly. Shows how to lay bricks in patterns, a rubblestone wall; tools and materials needed, offers tips and suggestions. Color photos throughout, 96 pages