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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.


Based on manufacturers information, government GREEN/LEED information, builder association information, the authors 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.

About the Author

Charlie Wing, an acknowledged authority on home building and remodeling, 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 14 home-related books, including How Your House Works. He lives in West Bath, Maine.

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


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 its 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




Product Details

A Comprehensive Guide to Reducing Energy Use at Home
Wing, Charlie
Raymond W.
Wolf, Raymond W.
Charlie G.
Wing, Charlie G.
, Charlie G.
MIT-trained engineer and
, Raymond W.
Taunton Press
GRAPHIC FORMAT. A unique visual approach to explaining energy conservation, with over 800 4-color illustrations covering every aspect of energy efficiency in the home.
General House & Home
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
800 illustrations
10.88 x 8.13 in

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Engineering » Home Construction » House Planning
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Engineering » Home Construction » Remodeling Specification
Home and Garden » Sustainable Living » Energy Efficiency
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