Essential Building Science: Understanding Energy and Moisture in High Performance House Design (Sustainable Building Essentials Series)

Essential Building Science: Understanding Energy and Moisture in High Performance House Design (Sustainable Building Essentials Series)

By: Jacob Deva Racusin (author)Paperback

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Poor heat and moisture management are the enemies of durable, comfortable, and efficient housing, and good building design and construction starts with a solid understanding of good building science. Essential Building Science provides a highly visual and accessible introduction to the fundamentals of building science for residential construction. Part one covers the rationale behind high-performance design and the fundamentals of building physics, including thermal dynamics, moisture transfer, and hygro-thermal dynamics such as vapor drive and condensation. Part two teaches the vital critical thinking skills needed to consider buildings as whole systems and to develop thermal and moisture control strategies regardless of the specifics of the design. Case studies and examples from across North American climatic zones illuminate real-life problems and offer builders, designers, and DIYers the insights and tools required for creating better new buildings and dramatically improving old ones. Good science plus critical thinking equals high performance buildings. Jacob Deva Racusin is a sustainable and natural building designer, builder, and educator. He is co-author of The Natural Building Companion, contributor to The Art of Natural Building, and Systems Director of New Frameworks Construction. A Building Performance Institute-certified Envelope Professional and Building Analyst, Jacob is the program director of the Building Science and Net Zero Design Certificate Program at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School. He and his family live in a two thousand square foot high-performance, natural home in the mountains of northern Vermont, where they run a small-scale Permaculture-inspired homestead.

About Author

Jacob Deva Racusin is a sustainable and natural building designer, builder and educator. He is co-author of The Natural Building Companion, contributor to The Art of Natural Building and Systems Director and Co-Owner of New Frameworks Natural Design/Build, focusing on mechanical, water, energy, and enclosure system design and quality control. He is also a Building Performance Institute-certified Envelope Professional and Building Analyst. Jacob is the program director of the Building Science and Net Zero Design Certificate Program at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and has taught natural building and building science at various universities and building schools. He and his family live in a 2000 sq ft high-performance, natural home in the mountains of northern Vermont, where they run a small-scale Permaculture-inspired homestead.

Contents

Introduction About the Book Part One: Fundamentals of Physics Chapter 1: Thermal Dynamics - Conduction - Convection - Radiation Chapter 2: Moisture Transfer - Liquid: Sorption - Vapor: Vapor Drive and Air Leakage Chapter 3: Hygro-Thermal Dynamics - Relative Humidity, Dew Point, and Condensation - Air and Vapor - Convection Loops Chapter 4: Light, Acoustics, Comfort - The Physics of Light - The Physics of Sound - The Physics of Human Comfort Part Two: Developing Strategy Chapter 5: Defining the Enclosure - Moisture Boundary - Vapor Boundary - Thermal Boundary - Pressure (Air) Boundary Chapter 6: Moisture Control Strategy - Design - Deflection - Drainage - Deposit (Storage) - Drying Chapter 7: Thermal Performance Strategy - Enclosure detailing: insulation - Enclosure detailing: air barriers - Other gains: solar, internal - Mass and Heat Storage Chapter 8: Building as a Whole System - Enclosures and Systems - Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality - Heating, Cooling, and Comfort - Water and Energy-Efficient Part Three: Case Studies and Examples Chapter 9: Warm/Dry Strategies - High-Mass vs Insulated Enclosures - Cooling Considerations - Water Conservation Chapter 10: Warm/Humid Strategies - Ventilation and Humidity Control - Moisture and Durability - Comfort Considerations: heating and cooling Chapter 11: Mixed Climate Strategies - Vapor and Air - Mixed Heating and Cooling Loads Chapter 12: Cold Climate Strategies - Thermal Control - Building Durability

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780865718340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9780865718340
  • weight: 539
  • ISBN10: 0865718342

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