Photovoltaics in Buildings: A Handbook for Architects and Engineers

Photovoltaics in Buildings: A Handbook for Architects and Engineers

Photovoltaics in Buildings: A Handbook for Architects and Engineers

Author(s): Friedrich Sick and Thomas Erge

Publisher: Earthscan Publications Ltd.; No Edition Stated edition (January 1996)

Hardcover: 296 pages

ISBN: 1873936591

ISBN-13: 978-1873936597

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Photovoltaics provides the means to go beyond saving energy in buildings to a point where buildings become energy producers. There are already numerous successful examples, and this design option is now available to all building planners, not only PV specialists. This book aims to enable architects and engineers without special knowledge to integrate photovoltaic systems into their designs. The chapters provide details of:

  • components
  • architectural integration
  • system design
  • installation and maintenance
  • the relationship of PV with other elements of the building’s energy system
  • how to maximize the overall solar contribution to the building and how to optimize the economics

The handbook forms a thorough design guide enabling all building designers to make photovoltaics an architecturally appealing and energy efficient option. The experienced PV designer will find this book of value for the significant, recent achievements and advances which are incorporated in the text.

This handbook is the outcome of the five year effort within the Solar Heating and Cooling Program of the International Energy Agency. Architects and solar experts from 13 countries around the world took part.

296 pages, 1996, Hardcover

The Solar Electric House: Energy for the Environmentally-Responsive, Energy-Independent Home

The Solar Electric House: Energy for the Environmentally-Responsive, Energy-Independent Home

The Solar Electric House: Energy for the Environmentally-Responsive, Energy-Independent HomeAuthor(s): Steven J. Strong.

Publisher: Sustainability Press (January 1, 1994)

ISBN-10: 0963738321

ISBN-13: 978-0963738325

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The Solar Electric House by Steven J. Strong.

Excellent introduction to photovoltaic-powered houses, including design, wiring, and energy management by one of the design pioneers. Covers both stand-alone and grid-connected PV houses,

Solar electricity is the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity by solar photovoltaic cells. It is a truly elegant means of producing electricity on site, allowing you to take control of your energy destiny and create your own lifestyle without concern for energy supply or environmental harm. No pollution, no by-products, no depletion of resources, these solid-state devices simply make electricity out of sunlight. Solar electricity is the ideal source of power for an environmentally-responsive home where it’s a luxury residence or a rustic vacation retreat. With the right design, the sunlight that falls on your homesite will power your home. Your solar electric system can also be easily configured to provide on-site recharging of solar/electric vehicles allowing you to meet your transportation needs with renewable energy.

288 pages, paperback, graphs, charts, index

Down to Earth Foundations Past & Present

Down to Earth Foundations Past & Present

Down to Earth Foundations Past & PresentAuthor(s): Jean Kerisel

Publisher: Aa Balkema Publication

Hardcover: 162 pages

ISBN: 9061916887

ISBN-13: 978-9061916888

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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.

How to Live Without Electricity and Like It [Illustrated]

How to Live Without Electricity and Like It [Illustrated]

How to Live Without Electricity and Like It [Illustrated]Author(s): Anita Evangelista

Publisher: Breakout Productions; illustrated edition edition (November 1, 1998)

Paperback: 155 pages

ISBN-10: 0966693213

ISBN-13: 978-0966693218

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How To Live Without Electricity -And Like It! by Anita Evangelista.

There’s no need to be dependent on commercial electrical systems for your home’s comforts and security. Describes dozens of alternative methods that can help the individual become more self-reliant and free from utility companies. Tells: How to calculate your actual power usage * Employ alternate light sources, including candles, oil, kerosene, gas, and solar-powered lamps * Obtain, pump and store potable water * Cook with gas, wood, and solar heat * Heat and cool your home effectively * Refrigerate food without electricity * Maintain radio communications * Generate power and recharge batteries *

And much, much more! Numerous illustrations and photographs, listings for the best mail-order sources for the products depicted. This is a complete sourcebook for those who wish to both simplify and improve their lives.1997, 5×8, 168 pages, illustrated, soft cover.

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.”

The Book of Masonry Stoves: Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming

The Book of Masonry Stoves: Rediscovering an Old Way of Warming

The Book of Masonry Stoves: Rediscovering an Old Way of WarmingAuthor(s): David Lyle

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co (July 1996)

Paperback: 192 pages

ISBN: 0931790573

ISBN-13: 978-0931790577

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Masonry stoves offer good solutions to many of the problems associated with wood burning. They provide clean combustion at a high temperature, good efficiency, a high degree of safety, and little or no pollution. Masonry stoves require little care, needing to be fed only once or twice a day. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes from simple to elegant and from mad to Gothic. And, fortunately for homeowners, they are easily adapted to a variety of structures including solar designs.

The Book of Masonry Stoves represents the first comprehensive survey ever published of all the major types of masonry heating systems, ancient and modern. Detailed plans and building information are included in the book. As a complete introduction to masonry stoves, it will help many people rediscover the economic and personal pleasure of heating with wood–an old way of warming–using masonry stoves. 192 pages, 1984

Your Home Cooling Energy Guide

Your Home Cooling Energy Guide

Your Home Cooling Energy GuideAuthor(s): John T. Krigger

Publisher: Saturn Resource Management (June 1991)

ISBN: 1880120046

ISBN-13: 978-1880120040

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This manual explores all the cooling alternatives, including shading, ventilation and air-conditioning. In addition to basic cooling principles, the book describes equipment maintenance. Although targeted at consumers, it’s also a good training tool for energy specialists and contractors. 80 pages, 1991

Moisture Control Handbook: Principles and Practices for Residential and Small Commercial Buildings

Moisture Control Handbook: Principles and Practices for Residential and Small Commercial Buildings

Moisture Control Handbook: Principles and Practices for Residential and Small Commercial BuildingsAuthor(s): Joseph Lstiburek & John Carmody

Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 1, 1996)

Hardcover: 232 pages

ISBN-10: 0471318639

ISBN-13: 978-0471318637

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In the climate-controlled buildings of today, moisture problems affect not only the useable life expectancy of the structure, but the comfort and health of the occupants. This reference is the first to apply up-to-date moisture control and treatment techniques in a problem/solution format. Opening with an introductory explanation of the nature and causes of mold, mildew, and condensation, the book gives specific advice on heated, cooled, and combination environments, plus a short course in the dynamics of moisture movement within buildings. Other invaluable coverage includes:
* clear, detailed recommended practices for all United States climates
* practices for cooling as well as heating climates (often, heating climate solutions are applied in cooling climates, where problems and solutions are completely different)
* an overall, systematic view of moisture problems–including how mechanical systems and occupant lifestyles can create and also resolve moisture problems
* actual case studies of buildings with moisture problems that illustrate the principles and practices presented in the book
This detailed, no-nonsense exploration of moisture cause and effect–as well as its protection and remediation–will expand readers’ knowledge on this crucial subject. Moisture Control Handbook will be welcomed by building contractors, architects, mechanical engineers, building science researchers, building product manufacturers, homeowners, and small commercial building owners.

Understanding Ventilation: How to Design, Select, and Install Residential Ventilation Systems

Understanding Ventilation: How to Design, Select, and Install Residential Ventilation Systems

Understanding Ventilation: How to Design, Select, and Install Residential Ventilation SystemsAuthor(s): John Bower

Publisher: Healthy House Inst (May 1995)

Hardcover: 428 pages

ISBN: 0963715658

ISBN-13: 978-0963715654

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At last…a book that takes all the mystery out of ventilation! Understanding Ventilation is the only book that covers all aspects of exchanging the air in houses: infiltration, equipment selection, design, heat-recovery ventilators, sizing, costs, controls, whole-house filters, distribution, and possible problems that a ventilation system can cause–all in easy-to-understand language.