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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (November 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1621139565
  • ISBN-13: 978-1621139560
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

An authority on home building and remodeling, Charlie Wing 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 17 home-related books, including The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling and How Your House Works.

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What a fantastic book for those with a real interest in sustainability and energy conservation.
Michigan Reviewer
The author provides detailed descriptions of weatherization techniques which I am happy to say I implemented just prior to the arrival of the Polar Vortex.
Susan Robertson
This book is essential reading for anyone considering building a new home, or upgrading the efficiency of an existing one.
Guy Marsden

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By panther on December 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I really hate ideological books on "green building" that simply state poetic concepts and draw cool pictures but don't provide any sort of detailed information or empirical exactness. Energy efficiency is about real performance, not cute ideas. Good ideas don't work if not implemented in the right proportion. How many times have you pulled a book off the rack with the title "passive solar homes" or something like that, where you see conceptual drawings with no real-world data or actual prescriptive proportions?

This is a straight-up, no messing around, information encyclopedia for builders trying to fight global warming by building practical, affordable, energy efficient homes. He covers passive solar design, but also all the other things that are important in home performance like window technologies, insulation, HVAC, etc. It is filled with charts, graphs, numbers, data and real explanation of products. He even has a list of calculated R-values for different wall assemblies. He has nicely designed bar-graphs that compare the solar gain and heat loss through windows facing North, South, East and West. That is so awesome!

It is a scientificly minded book. Now, if a little bit of physics and a few algebraic equations intimidates you, you probably shouldn't be building houses. If a lot of complicated physics scares you, this book won't fly over your head. He explains real-world physics simply and straight forewardly. There are no differential equations. It's REAL WORLD MATH, useful math.

The other thing I like about it is it was written in 2013 so it has up-to-date awareness of product prices and the latest window films on the market and stuff like that.

Let this be the new builder's bible.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Guy Marsden on December 1, 2013
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This book is essential reading for anyone considering building a new home, or upgrading the efficiency of an existing one. Charlie covers everything you could possibly want to know about energy efficiency as it relates to residential houses and everything in them from lighting to appliances. Superlatives escape me in trying to describe how wonderfully written and illustrated this book is. He uses language that is clear, simple, direct and pragmatic in perfect harmony with exquisite graphics and crystal-clear charts. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I have been on a personal mission to live as sustainably as practical since 2001 and have done a great many of the things that Charlie suggests in his book so I can speak to their efficacy. Everything he covers is discussed in such clear detail and looked at from so many angles - he literally thought of everything you could possibly encounter in your home that relates to energy conservation.

If everyone took at least a few steps based on reading this book, we would leave the world a much better place. Hopefully many people will choose to read this book before starting on a new home and will end up creating a model of sustainable design and energy conservation. The book is a bargain at any price considering the huge amount of money you can save based on the advice within.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Reviewer on January 12, 2014
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What a fantastic book for those with a real interest in sustainability and energy conservation. My biggest complaint is that I wish I would have had access to a book like this before I bought homes and appliances. For those contemplating building a new home, this book is a must read. It contains all sorts of information that prospective builders require to make sure that their homes will be as efficient as they can possibly be by the standards of the moment. For those of us already in our fifty five year old "dream homes" there are many other suggestions on how to make our homes a whole lot more efficient. We have done the obvious with replacement windows, compact fluorescent bulbs, LED bulbs, etc, but there is so much more we can, and hopefully will, do! Once our older appliances give up we will be updating with Energy Star models. The same goes for our water heater and maybe even our 92% efficient furnace. I can see where this information could be used in college level classes in home building or design. Fantastic book by a very knowledgeable author. If using less matters to you and home energy efficiency is a priority, by all means, read this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Robertson on January 11, 2014
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This book is a beautifully illustrated and practical guide for anyone who wants to educate herself and save money by conserving energy in the home or office. The author provides detailed descriptions of weatherization techniques which I am happy to say I implemented just prior to the arrival of the Polar Vortex.
Mr. Wing has succeeded in simplifying the topic and making it interesting to this new home owner.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karol Kucinski on September 6, 2014
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Great buy!
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