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Builder's Guide to Cold Climates: A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Cold-Climate Building Techniques Paperback – February 3, 2000


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Product Details

  • Series: Builder's Guide
  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (February 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156158374X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561583744
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A region's climate is arguably the most important factor to consider when a structure is built. If inappropriate building techniques or materials are used, a house could be uncomfortable, energy inefficient, or, worst of all, subject to early failure. Overbuilding is inappropriate, too, because it wastes valuable materials. Lstiburek, a forensic engineer and authority on moisture-related building problems, has created two useful titles that will guide homebuilders/remodelers toward the best design for their geographic area. For the purposes of this book, cold climates include New England, the southern Great Lakes states, most of the Midwest, Plains, and Mountain states, coastal British Columbia, and southern Ontario. Mixed climates include the coastal Pacific Northwest and the Southern states from central Texas to the Atlantic (excluding Florida and the southernmost portions of other states). Both titles are remarkably similar--only those details that apply to a particular climate differ. This parallel structure should prove useful to readers who build/design in several climates and use both books. Each area or system of a house is covered--foundations, framing, plumbing, electricity, insulation, heating, ventilation and air conditioning--with profuse illustrations (more than half of the book) supplementing the brief text. Appendixes cover many aspects of energy efficiency. Although they are over the heads of most do-it-yourselfers, these guides will prove useful to builders and carpenters who live in the relevant areas (one hopes that all of North America will eventually covered). They should be included in comprehensive public library collections.
-Jonathan Hershey; Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., OH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

About the Authors Joseph Lstiburek, an engineer, is a principal with Building Science Corporation in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. John Carmody, an architect, is Associate Director of the Underground Space Center at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have reviewed lots of books and magazines on residential building techniques for energy and resource efficieny. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation out there. This book clears it up in one authoritative and concise guide to building techniques. For those who want to know how and why to build it right. Best source available on moisture control and insulation applications. Challenges some conventional wisdom. Concepts demonstrated in great graphics. Listiburek is a respected expert.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By misterbeets on April 19, 2002
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Well focused and aimed at the home builder in 6500 degree-day and colder climes, e.g. Minnesota, it contains a complete roundup of insulation, ventilation, and moisture-proofing problems. The basic format consists of a text discussion of a topic, followed by a section containing numerous architectural drawings that illustrate the material. These subjects are misunderstood by many, so it's good to have a book that covers the material in easy-to-understand language and drawings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Belanger on January 2, 2009
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This book is well written with lots of diagrams and practical building information. I rate a book's value by how long I take to read it (if it's interesting and has good information, I read more slowly and carefully) this book took a few days! I refer to it often. Example - how to insulate a crawl space - there is information and diagrams covering almost any situation - vented crawl, un-vented, insulate outside the foundation or inside - take your pick!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Weber on October 17, 2009
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"Builder's Guide To Cold Climates" is packed with great details, usefull to anyone building today. This reader/Builder found it pricy, and thought that more explanitory material should be included.
I recommend "The JLC Guide To Moisture Control". It's a fourth of the price, offers fewer construction details, but includes tons of photos and explanations based on forensic repair data.
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