Down to Earth : Foundations Past and Present : The Invisible Art of the Builder

Down to Earth : Foundations Past and Present : The Invisible Art of the Builder

Author(s): Jean Kerisel

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9061916887

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Written in straightforward non-technical language, with numerous diagrams and photographs, this book takes a look at ‘the invisible art’ of the great builders: how they founded their constructions in the earth and strove to understand and combat the natural forces, such as earth pressures, water, landslides, earthquakes, and almost imperceptible geological changes, with which they had to contend. A great many examples, including the ziggurats of Mesopotamia, the pyramids of Egypt, the Roman roads, the Tower of Pisa, the Eddystone Lighthouse, the Panama Canal, the Thames Tunnel and the Eiffel Tower, are used to illustrate various aspects of this long battle. Man has gradually mastered physical constraints and undertaken increasingly ambitious projects, seeking solutions initially by trial and error and later through scientific study, The final part of the book looks to the future and discusses the threats to a number of great cities and what has been done to counter them. This fascinating history, written with humour and affection, pays tribute to the largely unknown ‘backroom boys’ of construction, whose work usually attracts attention only when things go wrong.


Hardcover Publication date: August 1987


Design Guide to Frost Protected Shallow Foundations

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Design Guide to Frost Protected Shallow Foundations

Author(s): NAHB Research Center

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For decades, standard construction practice and building codes required that foundation footings be built below the frost line. A frost protected shallow foundation uses strategically placed insulation to raise the frost depth around a building, which can reduce the footing depth to as little as 16 inches, even in severely cold climates. Nordic countries have been using these methods for years. And now you can too, with the information in this detailed report prepared by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center. The report covers the theory and practice of frost protected shallow foundations and includes all the details you need to design and build in any U.S. climate. 42 pages. 1995

Passive Solar Buildings (Solar Heat Technologies : Fundamentals and Applications, Vol 7)

Passive Solar Buildings (Solar Heat Technologies : Fundamentals and Applications, Vol 7)

Passive Solar Buildings (Solar Heat Technologies : Fundamentals and Applications, Vol 7)Author(s): J. Douglas Balcomb (Editor)

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262023415

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Passive Solar Buildings (Solar Heat Technologies : Fundamentals and Applications, Vol 7)

Hardcover, 534 pages
Publication date: August 1992

Booknews, Inc, 12/01/92:
This companion to Passive cooling and Solar building architecture covers passive solar heating of residential and commercial buildings. The information is primarily analytical and quantitative. About half the volume is devoted to quantitative methods for modeling, simulation, and design analysis of passive buildings; the other half summarizes the quantitative results of testing and monitoring of models and buildings. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Table of Contents
Series Foreword By Charles A. Bankston
1. Introduction By J. Douglas Balcomb
2. Building Solar Gain Modeling By Patrick J. Burns
3. Simulation Analysis By Philip W. B. Niles
4. Simplified Methods By G. F. Jones, William O. Wray
5. Materials and Components By Timothy E. Johnson
6. Analytical Results for Specific Systems By Robert W. Jones
7. Test Modules By Fuller Moore
8. Building Integration By Michael J. Holtz
9. Performance Monitoring and Results By Donald J. Frey
10. Design Tools By John S. Reynolds

Passive Solar House Basics

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.

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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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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.

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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

The Built Environment: Counting the Costs
Dimensions of Sustainable Design

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

Alternative Housebuilding

Alternative HousebuildingAuthor(s): Mike McClintock

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company.,Inc. Ney York

ISBN: 0806969954

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Alternative Housebuilding Paperback 367 pages May 1989 Log buildings,Timber Frame, Pole, Cordwood, Stone, Earth Masonary, Earth Shelter

Build a home using logs, adobe, stone, cordwood, rammed earth, or earth-sheltered methods for less money and lower energy costs. “Includes information and diagrams detailed enough to construct seven different homes…an unbiased, unglamorized, nitty-gritty understanding of what goes into constructing the different styles.”—Green Living.

Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Design and Construction

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Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Design and Construction

Author(s): Pieter A. Vanderwerf, Stephen J. Feige, Paula Chammas, Lione Lemay, W. Keith Munsell

Publisher: McGraw Hill Text

ISBN: 0070670331

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Insulating Concrete Forms for Residential Design and Construction

Hardcover, 352 pages Publication date: October 1997

Insulating concrete forms, the most requested new material in home building today, increases energy efficiency, design flexibility, strength and durability. This step-by-step illustrated guide shows designers, architects, and engineers how to put this cutting-edge technology to work. Eight pages of color photos show homes recently constructed with this technology. 178 illus.

Table of Contents
Part 1 Performance
Chapter 1. ICF Characteristics
Part 2 Components
Chapter 2. ICF Systems
Chapter 3. Plastic Foams
Part 3 Design
Chapter 4. Detailing Considerations
Chapter 5. System Selection
Chapter 6. Building Envelope
Chapter 7. Attachments
Chapter 8. Cost Estimation
Part 4 Engineering
Chapter 9. Structural Performance
Chapter 10. Structural Design
Chapter 11. Energy Efficiency and HVAC
Chapter 12. Possible Future Developments
Part 5 Assembly
Chapter 13. Process Overview
Chapter 14. Formwork

Complete Book of Cordwood Masonry Housebuilding; The Earthwood Method

Complete Book of Cordwood Masonry Housebuilding; The Earthwood Method

Author(s): Rob Roy

Publisher: Sterling Publishing

ISBN: 0806985909

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Build a low-cost, energy-efficient home! Rob Roy, cordwood’s most famous builder, with the help of nearly 300 photos and how-to illustrations with easy-to-follow directions, shows how and how not to build your very own stunning log-end home. Full-color photos throughout. 264 pages (8 in color), 290 b/w illus., 8 x 10.

The Smart Kitchen

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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