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.

New Technologies for Energy Efficiency

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.

Solutions for Energy Security & Facility Management Challenges

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 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.

Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and Garden

Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and Garden

Natural Pest Control: Alternatives to Chemicals for the Home and GardenAuthor(s): Andrew Lopez

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company

Paperback: 176 pages

ISBN: 0962976849

ISBN-13: 978-0962976841

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Andy Lopez is affectionately know by his numerous Hollywood clients as the “Gardener to the Stars” and around the world as the “Invisible Gardener.” As Andy explains, he is not the “Invisible Gardener” at all — nature is. “I am just one of her helpers.” His book offers practical, step-by-step ways to naturally:

— Control pests, including ants, snails, slugs, and common garden bugs
— Make easy household formulas with common soap, flour, and vinegars
— Grow nutritious pesticide-free vegetables, fruits, and flowers
— Restore the health of diseased or weakened plants and trees
— Save money and avoid harsh chemicals
— Build healthy soil

Andy has appeared on national radio and television programs including ABC Home Show, PBS The New Garden series, and has hosted a radio and television show, “The Invisible Gardener’s Workshop.”

Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and Community

Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and Community

Common-Sense Pest Control: Least-Toxic Solutions for Your Home, Garden, Pets and CommunityAuthor(s): William Olkowski, Sheila Daar, Helga Olkowski

Publisher: Taunton Press

Hardcover: 736 pages

ISBN: 0942391632

ISBN-13: 978-0942391633

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Hardcover, 715 pages
Publication date: July 1991
If you have a home, an apartment, a garden, or a pet (or, in some cases, housemates or tenants), you’ve probably got pests. And if you want to control pests, there’s no need to poison yourself. While the Green Revolution and DDT and other pesticides dominated the world of agribusiness, thoughtful scientists world-wide were simultanously and silently working on “Integrated Pest Management”, which is often as effective as pesticides at reducing or eliminating pests. From ridding your apartment of cockroaches to dealing with the regional deforestation threats of Gypsy Moths, this is the authoritative book on how to control pests by using the natural mechanisms of control that have kept our planet from being savaged, prior to our human disruptions.

Customer Comments 02/19/97:
The best book for what’s bugging you.
If it burrows, crawls, flies or wriggles, it’s got to be in the book “Common Sense Pest Control” by Sheila Daar, et al. This comprehensive guide to pests in all forms is a must for everyone who wants to safely rid their environment of common (and not so common) pests. The chapter on human body pests will be throughly enjoyed by kids who love to gross out their friends and family. Still, this book is a serious and comprehensive bible for gardeners, homeowners and apartment dwellers – anyone who’s feeling ‘bugged’.

Table of Contents

1: Basic Concepts

Chapter 1: Naming Living Things and Understanding their Habits and Habitats

Chapter 2: Natural Pest Controls

Chapter 3: Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Chapter 4: Pest-Treatment Strategies and Tactics

2: Beneficial Organisms

Chapter 5: Meet “the Beneficials”

3: Pesticides

Chapter 6: Choosing the Right Chemical and Microbial Tools

Chapter 7: Some Useful Inorganics, Organics and Botanicals

Chapter 8: New Frontiers: Microbials, Pheromones and Insect Growth Regulator

4: Pests of the Human Body

Chapter 9: Pinworms

Chapter 10: Mites

Chapter 11: Lice

Chapter 12: Bedbugs and Conenose Bugs

5: Pests Inside the House

Chapter 13: Pests of Fabric, Feathers and Paper

Chapter 14: Kitchen and Pantry Pests

Chapter 15: Fleas, Ticks, Heartworms and Mites

Chapter 16: Mice, Spiders and Bats

6: Pest of Indoor Plants

Chapter 17: Detecting Symptoms of Indoor Plant Problems

Chapter 18: General Management Strategies for House Plant Problems

Chapter 19: Preparing for Least-Toxic Pest Control

Chapter 20: Controlling Pests of Indoor Plants

7: Pests of the House Structure

Chapter 21: Identifying Structural Pests and Eliminating Moisture

Chapter 22: Wood Decay and Preservative Treatments

Chapter 23: Termites

Chapter 24: Carpenter Ants and Carpenter Bees

Chapter 25: Wood-Boring Beetles

8: Pests in the Garden

Chapter 26: Garden Design and Maintenance

Chapter 27: Meet the Weeds

Chapter 28: Safe and Sane Weed Management

Chapter 29: Preventing Lawn Pests

Chapter 30: Least-Toxic Lawn Pest Management

Chapter 31: Pests of Food and Ornamental Gardens

9: Pest of the Community

Chapter 32: Pests of Shade Trees

Chapter 33: Rats

Chapter 34: Filth Flies

Chapter 35: Yellowjackets

Chapter 36: Mosquitoes

Resource Appendix

Wood Users Guide

Author(s): Pamela Wellner

Publisher: Rainforest Action Network (May 1991)

Paperback: 64 pages

ISBN: 0962803316

ISBN-13: 978-0962803314

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Wood Users Guide

Publication date: May 1991

Energy Economics and Building Design

Author(s): William T. Meyer

Publisher: McGraw Hill

Hardcover: 340 pages

ISBN: 0070417512

ISBN-13: 978-0070417519

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Energy Economics and Building Design Hardcover Publication date: October 1982




Green Nature/Human Nature: THE MEANING OF PLANTS IN OUR LIVESAuthor(s): Charles A. Lewis

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Paperback: 176 pages

ISBN: 0252065107

ISBN-13: 978-0252065101

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..focuses upon the impact and influence of vegetation..on human health and well-being. Compiling over thirty years of research conducted by researchers and practitioners in the fields of environmental psychology, horticultural therapy, landscape architecture and cross-disciplinary areas of research such as environmental behavior, Lewis weaves together the work of Stephen and Rachel Kaplan, Roger Ulrich, Mark Francis and others, with anecdotes from the author’s thirty plus years in the field. These anecdotes, many of which relate the reactions or experiences of urban gardeners, children, senior citizens, and prisoners in a county jail, serve as persuasive evidence regarding the impacts of plants on human well-being.(Landscape Journal, Vol 16, No 1, Spring 1997 (Stanton I. Jones)) — (Landscape Journal, Vol 16, No 1, Spring 1997)

..this marvelous and pathmaking book tells us exactly why “green nature” – plants, flowers, gardens, parks, landscape vegetation – is an essential part of our lives. Green Nature/Human Nature is not only an excellent synthesis of both qualitative and quantitative research that documents the bond between people and plants, it is a synthesis of the life’s work and thinking of of one of the most important figures in people-plant relationships. Charles Lewis virtually founded the field of green psychology and, along with colleagues Rachel Kaplan, Roger Ulrich, Diane Relf and others has made it a legitimate for of science and design. As a result of three decades of their work, we now have an empirical and firm theoretical basis that nature is as important to human experience as food, rest and learning…This is an accessible and readable volume that will warm the hearts and inform the minds of all gardeners. I suggest you take a copy into the garden, read a few pages, ! look around, and join Lewis in his insightful and enjoyable tour of the significance of what you see. (Community Greening Review, 1997 (Prof. Mark Francis)) — (Community Greening Review, 1997:Prof. Mark Francis)

I think you have really captured the essence of what is most important about plants for people, and in saying how much I appreciate your contribution, I also want to thank you for having devoted so much of your life to exploring these relationships so fruitfully.(Missouri Botanical Garden (letter from Dr. Peter Raven, Director.)) — (Missouri Botanical Garden: letter from Dr. Peter Raven, Director.)

What Lewis presnts in this book is an interesting and important approach to life and our interaction with plants, nature and our fellow humans. Technology and urban life have strengthened the misconception that we are in control of nature, that nature is here to serve us. We must consider ourselves as a part of nature, not apart from nature. Within the pges of this book, Charles Lewis clearly addresses this important, personal relationship to nature.(Public Garden, July 1997 (Prof. Frank W. Telewski)) — (Public Garden, July 1997: Prof. Frank W. Telewski)

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Why do gardeners delight in the germination and growth of a seed? Why are our spirits lifted by flowers, our feelings of tension allayed by a walk in forest or park? What other positive influences can nature have on humanity?In Green Nature/Human Nature, Charles A. Lewis describes the psychological, sociological and physiological responses of people to vegetation in cities and forests, as well as in horticultural therapy programs in hospitals, geriatric institutions, physical rehabilittion centers, drug rehabilitation programs and correctional institutions. He presents an evolutionary basis for the human attraction to plants. People-plant interactions are presented from two perspectives: participatory, in which the individual is involved in planting and maintaining the vegetation, and observational, in which the individual bears no responsibility for establishing or maintaining the vegetation.

In what amounts to a straighforward catalog of well-documented and tangible benefits, Lewis brings the latest and best research into plant/human interaction to bear on questions of how green nature is intertwined with the human psyche and how that interaction can lead to enhanced well-being and an appreciation of the human dimension in environmental concerns.

Lewis’s work will be essential reading for anyone interested in plants and how they affect people.