- Perfect Paperback: 406 pages
- Publisher: The Journal of Light Construction; 1st edition (October 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1928580467
- ISBN-13: 978-1928580461
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,692,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The JLC Guide to Energy Efficiency Perfect Paperback – October 14, 2011
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The JLC Guide to Energy Efficiency is an anthology of articles previously published in The Journal of Light Construction. (That fact has been thinly disguised by changing most of the articles titles.)
I know what you're thinking -- I subscribe to JLC already, so why buy the book? When I first saw the book and realized that its contents had been previously published, that's what I thought. But when I sat down and flipped through the pages, I changed my tune.
As you check out the collected articles, you'll realize, Oh, I forgot about that article. That was a really good one. Once you've got this book on your shelf, you won't have to thumb through ten years of back issues to find the gems. They're all here.
Here's a list of just some of the articles in the book all classics:
Blower-Door Testing, by David Keefe
Troubleshooting Spray Foam Installation, by Mason Knowles
Super-Insulated Slab Foundations, by Alan Gibson
Building a High-Performance Shell, by David Joyce
Remote Walls, by Thorsten Chlupp
Tight and Efficient Double Stud Walls, by Dan Kolbert
Attic Ventilation Details, by Gordon Tully
Insulated Cold Roof Retrofit, by Dan Perkins
Simple Exhaust Ventilation for Tight Houses, by Andrew Shapiro
Installing a Heat-Recovery Ventilator by David Hansen
Effective Air Sealing in Existing Homes, by Bruce Torrey
Retrofitting Exterior Insulation, by David Joyce
Designing Overhangs for South Glass, by Jerry Germer
Many authors are featured in this book, including Thorsten Chlupp, Paul Eldrenkamp, Dan Kolbert, Joe Lstiburek, and Mike Rogers.
Like all JLC articles, the ones collected in this book are generously illustrated with color photos and Tim Healey's famously clear illustrations. --Martin Holladay, Green Building Advisor
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NERD ALERT: For years, I've actually read books on energy efficiency for the fun of it. If you're the same, you'll love this book.
If you're actually planning a retrofit---as I am now---or building a new house, you'll have an invaluable guide on how to do it. Very thorough, with charts and photos to illustrate and back up claims, and you'll know how much you're likely to save vs. how much you'll spend on improvements. Multiple options are provided, so you can decide for yourself what is the best approach for your situation. Brand names are given when a particular product works well...a big plus, since one sometimes searches for a generic product mentioned in a book or magazine, only to have to muddle through dozens or hundreds of claims by manufacturers.
Even if you're planning to simply add on a room, read this book. It'll open your eyes to ways to save money that you might not have known existed. And it may make your realize that you can make your current home much better.
A must-buy for the builder, remodeler, or consumer. If more builders read this book and took it to heart, the US would save millions of dollars.
Com'on people,the planet is gonna die if you and I don't do what we can.
Also recommended in this series from the "Journal of Light Construction", "Trouble Shooting Guide - to Residential Construction"
If you are building a house and do not understand what is going on with construction details - you are gonna get ripped off and will have a substandard, corner cutting, under insulated product.
Get smart - read up!!!
UPDATE: Just received my copy a few days ago, and it was spanking out-of-the-box NEW!!
Oh, and the PSRP price on the back cover indicated: $39.95 USD printed in October of 2011