The Visual Handbook of Energy Conservation: A Comprehensive Guide to Reducing Energy Use at Home

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From the author of the best-selling The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling (over 300,000 copies sold in all three editions), comes a new book in the same graphic format that explains how to reduce energy use in the home. With a vast array of well-organized and easily accessible essential data, The Visual Handbook of Energy Conservation is destined to establish itself as the standard reference for energy conservation projects.
 
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Overview

From the author of the best-selling The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling (over 300,000 copies sold in all three editions), comes a new book in the same graphic format that explains how to reduce energy use in the home. With a vast array of well-organized and easily accessible essential data, The Visual Handbook of Energy Conservation is destined to establish itself as the standard reference for energy conservation projects.
 
Based on manufacturers’ information, government GREEN/LEED information, builder association information, the author’s personal experiences, and other sources, the book will document the established best practices when it comes to energy conservation. The most current energy-related building codes will be included and referenced frequently.
 
The visual handbook will cover all facets of building construction from foundations to interior finishes, from new construction to remodeling and renovation, and will include both residential and light commercial construction. It will be valued by architects, designers, and specifiers—as well as contractors, builders, subcontractors, developers, and others involved in the building, restoration, and renovation of buildings.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621139560
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/12/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 471,539
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

An authority on home building and remodeling, Charlie Wing specializes in translating technical information into layman’s terms. He founded the Shelter Institute, the nation’s first owner-builder school. He has been the host and writer of a national PBS TV series about remodeling and is the author of 17 home-related books, including The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling and How Your House Works.

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Table of Contents

I. The Future is Now!                                                                            
A. History of world energy consumption and prices
B. Oil, Gas and Coal: How much is left?
C. Economics 101: The Law of Supply and Demand
D. Projected energy sources and prices
E. Global Warming and Fuels
 
I. The Thermal Envelope                                                            
A. What is the thermal envelope?
B. Insulations and R-values
C. Elements
            1. foundations
            2. walls
            3. ceilings and roofs
            4. doors
            5. windows
D. Weatherization:  Finding and sealing leaks in the envelope
            1. foundation
            2. walls
            3. ceilings and roofs
            4. doors
            5. windows
II. Heating and Cooling the Envelope                                                     
A. What is heat, and how is it measured?
B. About temperature
            1. comfort
            2. settings and setbacks
C. Heating options
            1. hot air furnaces
                        a. gas
                        b. oil
            2. hot water boilers
                        a. gas
                        b. oil
            3. heat pumps
                        a. air-source
                        b. geothermal
            4. electric resistance
                        a. baseboard
                        b. space or spot
            5. radiant floors
                        a. slab on grade
                        b. mortar and tile
                        c. wood floor
D. Cooling options
            1. natural cooling
            2. evaporative cooling
            3. central AC
            4. window AC
            5. whole-house fan
            6. window fans
            7. ceiling fans
E.  The Bottom Line: Comparing Costs
            1. determining cost per million btus
            2. life-cycle cost
III.
A. Assessing your solar access
B. Passive solar heating
            1. styles
            2. sizing and savings
            3. thermal mass requirements
            4. cooling considerations
                        a. overhangs
                        b.  plantings
C. Water heating
            1. types
            2. sizing
            3. savings
D. Pool heaters
 
          
PART FOUR:  PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER                             
A. Lighting: recommended lighting guidelines, characteristics of light sources, automatic lighting controls  (8pp)
B. Appliances: Energy Star Ratings, phantom loads, Kill-A-Watt (8pp)
C. Solar Electric Systems: how PVs work, site evaluation, solar gain calculation, grid-connected systems, off-grid systems, economics, system sizing (16pp)
D. Home Energy Saver Energy Audit: what it is, what it’s based on, usefulness, step-by-step how to conduct (32pp)
 
Appendices Climate Data (32pp)
            A. Weather Stations with long-term data
            B. Heating Degree Days
            C. Cooling Degree Days
            D. Total Solar Irradiance
 
 
INDEX

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