Less Is More: A Practical Guide for Maximizing the Space in Your Home

Less Is More: A Practical Guide for Maximizing the Space in Your Home

Less Is More: A Practical Guide for Maximizing the Space in Your Home

Author(s): Elaine Lewis, Judith Davidsen

Publisher: Penguin Studio

ISBN: 0670842397

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Less Is More: A Practical Guide to Maximizing the Space in Your Home

Hardcover, 225 pages

he photographs in this work are beautiful, as are the spaces. The use of color, lighting, furniture arrangement, mirrors, and built-ins are a few of the creative ways interior decorator Lewis offers to give the illusion of more space. While she suggests that space problems are not only caused by tiny rooms, her choice not to include dimensions is a serious flaw. Also lacking are ideas for those most space-concious areas: basements and attics. And the ideas are largely focused on apartment living. Still, excellent specific tips can be found?such as refacing cabinets rather than remodeling a kitchen?and, though they are not necessarily “on the cheap” ideas, many of the rooms can be redone with strict budgets in mind. A handy list of manufacturers and retailers nationwide is provided. A good choice for general decorating collections.?Corinne Nelson, “Library Journal”

Product Description

Organized by room, with at least ten examples for each type of room, a celebrated designer offers a guide to finding more space in any house or apartment, including fool-the-eye tips, space planning tricks, and ingenious arrangements.

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.

Card catalog description
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.

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.

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

Healthy House Building for the New Millennium

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Author(s): John Bower

ISBN: 0963715682

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Healthy House Building reveals the unsuspected sources of indoor pollution and provides readily available, real world solutions. Author John Bower is a nationally respected expert on healthy home building. Better yet, he’s a builder who understands the construction process. This book covers every building component, including foundations, flooring, cabinets, paint, filters, ventilation, etc. Dozens of photographs illustrate many of the key points. A complete set of house plans is included. This new expanded edition has added new information on products, techniques, options and Web sites. Plus, there’s an all-new chapter about the author’s own healthy house. 200 illustrations

416 pages, 1999

EEBA Building Better Homes DVD

EEBA Building Better Homes DVDCreated for builders, architects, and remodelers, this DVD-ROM shows you how to use the latest tools and techniques of building science to construct comfortable, energy-efficient homes. Building-science pioneer and world-renowned educator Mark LaLiberte demonstrates a wide range of cutting-edge procedures that are breaking new ground in the evolving world of green building. Six hours of interactive content includes:

  • Installation videos
  • Special animation
  • Close-up photos
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Printable construction drawings & checklists
  • Work forms for on-site use

Building Better Homes takes you through every step of the process, from choosing the site and building the foundation to heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems. Ideal for foremen, supervisors, and subcontractors, this hands-on reference delivers clear, specific, practical information you can use very day on the job.

EEBA Builder’s Guide to Mixed-Humid Climates

 Builder's Guide to Mixed-Humid ClimatesAuthor: Joseph Lstiburek

ISBN: 0975512722

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The North American Mixed Climate edition of the Builder’s Guide now provides the building industry with the latest and best practical information on how to apply building science principles to structures as systems in mixed-humid “temperate” climate regions.

498 pages