The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes

The Natural House is a tour of the construction, costs, and pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Straw Bale, Rammed Earth, Cob, Cordwood, Adobe, Earthbags, Papercrete, Earthships…whatever the method, the common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, soothing to the soul, kind to the environment, and pleasing to behold. This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your search for the perfect sustainable dream home. It is a must for home builders, contractors, and architects.

Author Dan Chiras shows how you can gain energy independence and reduce your environmental impact through passive solar heating and cooling techniques, solar electricity, wind power, and micro-hydropower. He also explains safe, economical ways to obtain clean drinking water and treat wastewater, and discusses affordable green products.

While he’s an unabashed advocate of natural building techniques, Chiras takes care not to romanticize and to alert readers to avoidable pitfalls. His detailed, practical, and ecologically sound advice can save tens of thousands of dollars, whether you are buying, building, or renovating a natural home.

The History Channel : Renewable Energy , Natural Environment Homes : Going Green Living – Solar Power , Wind , Biofuel & More : 2 Pack

In the young 21st Century, two realizations are dawning on the world’s population: we are hopelessly dependent on petroleum, which is only going to get more expensive; and global warming, caused mainly by our burning of fossil fuels, will impact civilization in ways that we’re only beginning to grasp. Stepping in to fight both of these massive problems are the rapidly evolving technologies that harness renewable energy. We will see how air, water, earth, and fire are transformed into clean, reliable sources of heat, electricity, and even automobile fuel. We’ll take an in-depth look at the most proven and reliable sources: solar, wind, geothermal, biofuels, and tidal power. From the experimental to the tried-and-true, renewable energy sources are overflowing with potential… just waiting to be exploited on a massive scale. And unlike fossil fuels, they’ll always be there. //Inspired by the popular home décor magazine, this episode of the A&E television series focuses on how the lines between the interiors and exteriors can sometimes be crossed or combined. HOUSE BEAUTIFUL shows that, if carried out correctly, there is no reason the inside of a home cannot be as lush and fragrant as the outside. First, there is a look inside the home of Seattle architect James Cutler. As a staunch environmentalist, Cutler designed his home using recycled wood and other natural products. The same concept was used in the home of designer Nick Berman, whose house was constructed using almost all natural materials. HOUSE BEAUTIFUL heads inside a water tower turned into an environmentally friendly home. There is also a discussion of some of the best natural products to accessorize a home, including bamboo flooring and art from famed environmental painter Dodd Holdsapple and natural sculptor Sally Trout.

Green Power Homes: Quick Guide to Wind, Solar and Geothermal Energy

Green Power Homes – Quick And Easy Guide to Wind, solar and Geothermal Energy
If you have heard the concepts of Sustainable energy, Sustainable living, Eco energy, Green homes and never knew what it is all about, then this quick guide will introduce you to these concepts.
Ever wondered what Wind power is all about  ?  How to heat your water with solar panels ? Is it possible to cool your home using geothermal forces ?

In this quick guide you’ll find  :

  • About The History Of Wind Energy
  • How Wind Turbines Work And The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Wind Power
  • Answers To Common Questions Such As  : How Much Does A Wind System Cost?
  • Case Studies
  • About The History Of solar Energy
  • What Is Passive solar Technology ?
  • Answers To Common Questions Such As  : How Much Does A solar Energy System Cost, And How Much Will I
    Save On Utility Bills?  What Resources, Grants, Loans, And Other Incentives Are There For Installing A PV System?
  • Case Studies
  • Geothermal Energy Basics
  • What Is Dry Steam ? What Is Flash Steam ?
  • Installing Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Case Studies
  • And Much Much More…

The concepts in this guide can help you lower your utility bills today !

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Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes: Building Envelopes, Renewable Energies and Integrated Practice

Both professionals and students are increasingly committed to achieving high-performance metrics in the design, construction and operation of residential buildings. This book responds to this demand by offering a comprehensive guide which features:

  • architectural innovations in building skin technologies which make lighter more transparent buildings high performing
  • energy-free architectural design principles and advances in building-integrated photovoltaics
  • essential engineering principles, controls and approaches to simulation for achieving net zero
  • the advantages of integrated design in residential construction and the challenges and opportunities it engenders
  • detailed case studies of innovative homes which have incorporated low-energy design solutions, new materials, alternative building assemblies, digital fabrication, integrated engineering systems and operational controls.

Divided into four parts, the book discusses the requisite AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) knowledge needed when building a high-performance home. It also communicates this information across four case studies, which provide the reader with a thorough overview of all aspects to be considered in the design and construction of sustainable homes. With contributions from experts in the field, the book provides a well-rounded and multi-faceted approach.

This book is essential reading for students and professionals in design, architecture, engineering (civil, mechanical and electrical), construction and energy management.

Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies

Hands-on, practical solutions to save money by making smart energy changes

One of the best and most affordable strategies people can employ to combat global warming is to improve the energy and water efficiency of their homes. Energy Efficient Homes For Dummies provides homeowners with advice, tips, and projects to reduce costs, increase energy efficiency, and cut down on waste and pollution. After performing a do-it-yourself home energy audit, readers create an action plan based on their personal goals. Readers are presented with a wide range of potential solutions, from making better use of blinds and awnings to exploring geothermal options in order to reduce household costs and their impact on the planet.

Rik DeGunther (Rescue, CA) is the founder of Efficient Homes, an energy consulting firm that focuses on home energy audits and the design of efficient heating and cooling systems.