Musings Of An Energy Nerd

Author: Martin Holladay
Publisher:
ISBN: 1631862561
Size: 16.19 MB
Format: PDF
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In this fascinating collection of postings from his popular “Musings of an Energy Nerd” blog, Green Building Advisor's Martin Holladay cuts through the hype and myths about energy efficiency, sustainability, and green building to present the very best ways to make your home more energy efficient. Martin Holladay has been making weekly postings to his “Musings of an Energy Nerd” blog on Green Building Advisor since January 2009. Along the way, he has gathered a devoted following of “energy nerds” who await his weekly musings with rapt anticipation. For the first time, the 50 most popular postings have been assembled in book form to give homeowners a great opportunity to live a more energy-efficient life in their homes. The book begins with an overview of energy priorities, and a discussion of what we mean by terms likegreen and sustainable. Martin presents several options for energy upgrades for an existing house (from replacing windows to adding superinsulation) before looking at ways to improve the energy efficiency of a new house. Separate chapters follow on HVAC, domestic hot water, appliances, and renewable energy, before the book wraps up with an eye-opening chapter on useless products, scams, and myths (including Martin's list of “Stupid Energy-Saving Tips”).

Essential Building Science

Author: Jacob Deva Racusin
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781550926293
Size: 14.53 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Poor heat and moisture handling are enemies of durability, comfort and high-performance house design. Essential Building Science provides a highly visual, non-technical introduction to the fundamentals of building physics and the critical skills needed to develop thermal and moisture strategies for creating better new buildings and dramatically improving old ones. Good science plus critical thinking equals high-performance building.

The Energy Smart House

Author: Fine Homebuilding
Publisher: Taunton Press
ISBN: 9781600854095
Size: 18.50 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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Energy efficiency begins at home. Nobody knows this better than homeowners, remodelers, builders, and designers looking to cut back and save more. This is the place to start--"The Energy-Smart House" is a must-have for those concerned about rising home energy costs. Written by builders and energy experts from all over the country, the contributing authors are seasoned professionals whose articles have appeared in "Fine Homebuilding "magazine. Becoming "energy smart" is the goal, and this book details the methods, materials, and technology needed to achieve just that. Along with 200 photos and 50 illustrations, the insight shared from the pros will give readers the most up-to-date ways to keep costs down.

Sustainable Preservation

Author: Jean Carroon
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470882158
Size: 17.84 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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Sustainable Preservation takes a nuanced look at the hundreds of choices that adaptive reuse requires architects to make—from ingenious ways to redeploy existing structural elements to time-honored techniques for natural ventilation to creation of wetlands that restore a site's natural biological functions. In addition, Sustainable Preservation presents 50 case studies of projects—schools, houses, offices, stores, museums, and government buildings—that set new standards for holistic approaches to adaptive reuse and sustainability. The author covers design issues, from building location to lighting systems, renewable power options, stormwater handling, and building envelope protection and integrity. The book also reviews operational issues, including materials choices for low lifetime maintenance, green housekeeping, and indoor air quality.

Hackers Painters

Author: Paul Graham
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 9780596803100
Size: 18.72 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"The computer world is like an intellectual Wild West, in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas, if you're willing to risk the consequences. " --from Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul Graham We are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software designers, by people who call themselves hackers. Who are these people, what motivates them, and why should you care? Consider these facts: Everything around us is turning into computers. Your typewriter is gone, replaced by a computer. Your phone has turned into a computer. So has your camera. Soon your TV will. Your car was not only designed on computers, but has more processing power in it than a room-sized mainframe did in 1970. Letters, encyclopedias, newspapers, and even your local store are being replaced by the Internet. Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, by Paul Graham, explains this world and the motivations of the people who occupy it. In clear, thoughtful prose that draws on illuminating historical examples, Graham takes readers on an unflinching exploration into what he calls "an intellectual Wild West." The ideas discussed in this book will have a powerful and lasting impact on how we think, how we work, how we develop technology, and how we live. Topics include the importance of beauty in software design, how to make wealth, heresy and free speech, the programming language renaissance, the open-source movement, digital design, internet startups, and more.

Esoteric Empathy

Author: Raven Digitalis
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 9780738749655
Size: 20.89 MB
Format: PDF
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This powerhouse of a book examines the experience of empathy from every imaginable angle, taking the reader on a philosophical and experiential journey of what it means to be empathic. Specifically written with the magickal or mystical practitioner in mind, the book introduces techniques, practices, and philosophies designed for empaths to get the most out of life’s journey, including: How to function in society as an empath Psychic gifts related to empathy Rituals, meditations, spells, and spiritual exercises Stones, herbs, tools, plants, and deities for empaths Grounding, shielding, and protection techniques How to create personal boundaries and routines How to work with stress, anxiety, and depression Empathy in history, science, and metaphysics Emotional contagion and mirror neurons Absorptive versus projective empathy Ways to empower yourself as an empath Whether you experience empathy on a regular basis or simply want to know more about this fascinating topic, Esoteric Empathy provides much-needed answers about the emotional abilities that are ushering our species into a new phase of conscious evolution. Praise: “Going straight to the heart of the mystery of love, divine and human, this is a work from one of the most truly original thinkers of our time.”—Lon Milo DuQuette