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The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling 4th Edition

The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling 4th Edition

Going over everything you need to build or remodel your home from HVAC, plumbing, wiring, and framing this book has it all.

Price: $33.95
Product Code/ISBN: 9781631868795
Year: 2018
Publisher: Taunton Press

Because building a home is so difficult, The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling is here to save the day.  Going over everything you need to build or remodel your home from HVAC, plumbing, wiring, and framing this book has it all.  Make sure you stay on track and that you actually know where the track is with this incredible guide!

Table of Contents

1. About Energy

The Three Faces of Energy
Specific and Latent Heats
Heat Transfer
Unit Conversions
How Big is a Btu?

2. Energy Fuels
Fuel Prices
Heating Equipment Efficiencies
Energy Content of Fuels
Calculating Cost per MBtu
Graphical Cost per MBtu

3. Climate
Heating Degree Days
Cooling Degree Days
Average and Design Temperatures
Relative Humidities
Solar Radiation Received on Windows
Radiation on South-Facing Surfaces
First and Last Frost Dates
Trees for Shade and Shelter
Shelterbelt Design

4. Heating

Building Heat Loads
Thermostats and Setback Savings
Gas Furnaces
Gas Boilers
Oil Furnaces
Oil Boilers
Air-Source Heat Pumps
Ground-Source Heat Pumps
Gas Stoves
Wood Stoves
Pellet Stoves
Warm Air Distribution
Hydronic Distribution
Radiant Heating
Free Convection

5. Cooling
Capturing Natural Breezes
Using the Stack Effect
Utilizing a Building’s Thermal Mass
Creating a Breeze with a Box Fan
Cooling with a Ceiling Fan
Evaporative Cooling
Clock Thermostat Savings

6. Hot Water
Using Less Hot Water
Gas Storage Water Heater
Electric Storage Water Heater
Gas Tankless Water Heater
Electric Tankless Water Heater
BoilerMate Indirect Water Heater
Solar Water Heater
Lowering the Water Heater Thermostat
Low-Flow Showerheads and Aerators
Drainwater Heat Recovery
Pipe Insulation
Heat Traps
Cooking with Less Energy

7. Insulation and R-Value
Heat Transfer and R-Value
R-Values of Insulation Products
R-Values of Surfaces and Air Spaces
R-Values of Building Materials
Calculating Effective R-Values
Effective R-Values of Typical Construction

8. Recommended R-Values
Where to Insulate: The Thermal Envelope
Determination of Recommended R-Values
Recommended R-Values for New Construction
IECC R-Values for New Construction
Recommended R-Values for Existing Houses

9. Best Insulating Practices
Insulating Attics and Cathedral Ceilings
Insulating Walls
Insulating Slab Foundations
Insulating Crawl Spaces
Insulating Full Basements
Retrofitting Full Basements
Windows with Clear Glazings
Thermal Conductance (U)
Visible Tranmittance (VT)
Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)

10. Windows and Exterior Doors
Window Energy Performance Labels
Low-E Windows
Matching Low-E Windows to Climate
Improving Existing Windows
Weatherstripping Windows
Adding Glazings
Measuring for Window Insert Panels
Shrink-Wrapped Insert Panels
Screen-Splined Insert Panels
Exterior Doors
Weatherstripping Exterior Doors

11. Air Sealing the Envelope
A Field Guide to Air Leaks
Professional Leak Detection
Low-Tech Homeowner Leak Detection
Sealing Attic Air Leaks
Sealing Basement Air Leaks
Sealing Interior Air Leaks
Sealing Exterior Air Leaks

12. Moisture and Air Quality
Moisture and Air Quality
Optimum Humidity for health
Signs of Excess Moisture
Moisture Sources in the Home
Capping the Big One: basement Moisture
Behavior of Water Vapor in Air
Moisture Transport by Air Pressure
Moisture Transport by Diffusion
Preventing Building Cavity Condensation

13. Lighting
Edison’s Incandescent Lamp
Halogen Incandescent Lamps
Compact Fluorescent Lamps
Light-Emitting Diode Lamps
Lamp Efficacy and Expected Life
Lighting Life-Cycle Costs
Motion Detection Switches
Replacement Priorities

14. Appliance Efficiency
Room Air conditioners
Clothes Washers, Old and New
Reading Appliance Energy Guides
Measuring Appliance Electrical Usage
Reducing Phantom Electrical Loads

15. Solar Tempering
Solar Possibilities
Determining Solar Access and Shading
Sun Path Charts
Glazing Orientation and Tilt
Shading the Summer Sun
Storing Excess Solar Gain
A Design Procedure for Solar Tempering
Thermal Mass Patterns