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.

HVAC Controls: Operations & Maintenance

HVAC Controls: Operations & Maintenance

HVAC Controls: Operations & MaintenanceAuthor: Guy W. Gupton, Jr.

Publisher: Fairmont Press

Hardcover: 345 pages

ISBN-10: 0881733415

ISBN-13: 978-0881733419

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Now in it’s newly updated third edition, this handbook was written to serve as a complete and concise reference for those engaged in the operation and maintenance of automatic control systems serving building heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems. The full range of topics pertinent to the effective operation of all types of HVAC control systems currently in use today are explored, including equipment-to-control interactions, control system set-up and functions, local loop to building automation system interfaces, performance prediction and assessment, operational parameters, and maintenance and testing. The third edition includes a new chapter covering the installations and procedures required to update an existing pneumatic control system to a hybrid pneumatic and direct digital system by adding DDC signal sensing and control algorithms to existing pneumatic actuators on dampers and valves.

6 x 9, 339 pp., Illus., Hardcover

Disaster & Recovery Planning: A Guide for Facility Managers

Disaster & Recovery Planning: A Guide for Facility Managers

Disaster & Recovery Planning: A Guide for Facility ManagersAuthor(s): Joseph Gustin

Publisher: Fairmont Press

Hardcover: 349 pages

ISBN: 0881734810

ISBN-13: 978-0881734812

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The key to understanding the complexities of disaster preparedness and business continuity lies in focusing upon the issue of prevention, or mitigation. The completely revised third edition of this best-selling reference speaks to the issues of prevention, as well as “controlling” the effects of a disaster on a company’s operations. Critical areas covered include contingency planning, loss prevention, facility evacuation, employee training, chain of command, checklists, computer and data protection, bomb threat response, standby power, self-inspection, and more. Topics added or expanded in the third edition include workplace violence, regulatory influence including the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, and effective mitigation strategies, and managing the disaster and recovery effort. Also discussed in depth is the role of the media to provide the facility manager with a framework for enlisting the media’s assistance in recovery planning. Every facility should have a copy of this important reference on hand.

6 x 9, 325+ pp., Illus., Hardcover

Indoor Air Quality Case Studies Reference Guide

Indoor Air Quality Case Studies Reference Guide

Indoor Air Quality Case Studies Reference GuideAuthor(s): George Benda, Editor

Publisher: Fairmont Press

Hardcover: 216 pages

ISBN: 0881733059

ISBN-13: 978-0881733051

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This book provides you with the benefit of both good and bad experiences in indoor air quality management over the past decade. The case studies are presented with commentary to guide you in capturing the lessons learned, offering you a sound basis for making sound decisions relative to indoor air quality in your day-to-day work in building design, construction and operation. Each case study contains the details you need to fully understand what went right as well as what went wrong. The insightful analysis presented with each case is designed to assist you in generalizing the results for applicability to other types of settings, and to guide you, both in preventing potentially costly indoor air hazards, as well as in resolving challenging existing problems. Supporting technical and scientific data is presented for each case.

6 x 9, 220 pp., Illus., Hardcover

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.