Profusely illustrated with 100 superinsulation charts, tables, drawings, photos, plus bibliography and index
ISBN 0-918270-12-X paperback, 8 ˝ x 11, 103 pages, $23.95
This book presents superinsulation as the art of minimizing heat loss from houses and other like structures. When fossil fuels seemed cheap and plentiful, most people didn't worry about how much heat their houses lost. It did not matter how loosely houses were built. The combination of fossil fuels and 20th century stove and furnace technology could pour heat into a structure as fast as it leaked out. As fossil fuels become increasingly expensive, we now would like to do without, or use very little of them. Now we are looking to superinsulation.
"In the above book cover photo this Superinsulated House has large sun facing double pain windows with few and much smaller windows on opposite sides. This home is on a hillside near Fairbanks, Alaska. It also uses passive solar when the sun is available. At sundown Superinsulated shutters are used. Shutters and Shutter designs are presented in chapter five of this classic book."
-- Welmon “Rusty” Walker, principal photographer
Review of a Home Building Classic
Ed McGrath published his first book on this subject on 1978. It was pretty general, but it was one of the first attempts at presenting useful information for builders in very cold climates. The present book is fill with solid, well-illustrated details -- all from experience of the toughest sort [Fairbanks, Alaska]. The basic principles are explained in terms that anyone should be able to understand -- one good way to help spread the Word. For many folks, books "born in the filed" as this one was, are more useful than those born in laboratories.
-- J. Baldwin, in CoEvolution Quarterly
1. Adequately insulated roof,
wall, and floor sections.
2. The air-to-air heat exchanger. You can afford fresh air.
3. Shutters on the windows. This moving insulation will let in available light.
4. The arctic entryway. A traditional Eskimo approach.
5. The Superinsulated door. The finishing touch to a super efficient house.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. WHAT IS SUPERINSULATION?
Introduction · A History of Superinsulation · Superinsulation and Passive Solar
II. HOW MUCH INSULATION DO YOU NEED?
Definitions · Fossil Fuel Economics · The Basic Structural Heatless Equation · Degree Days · The Magic Formula
A Note on Materials Information · Cellulose · Fiberglass · Bead board · StyrofoamTM · Urethane · Urea-formaldehyde · Wood · Reflective Foil · Sawdust and Shavings · Moss · Recycled. etc. · Comparative Guide to Residential Insulation Materials · Vapor Barrier Materials · Function and Location of Vapor Barrier · Request for Proposals · Perm Ratings · The Ideal Vapor Barrier
IV. USING INSULATION WELL
The Two Rules of Insulation · Problems of Conventional Structures · The Crosshatch Technique · The Insulative Sheathing Technique · Double Walls · The Backward Double Wall · Temperature Gradients and Dew points · A Superinsulated Basement · Roofs · Vapor Barrier Details · A Superinsulated Frame · Rigid Frame Construction
V. WINDOWS, DOORS AND SHUTTERS
The Effect of Shutters · Shutter Design · Available Shutters · Window Design · Doors · Arctic Entranceway · Temperature Gradients and Dew points of Windows
VI. VENTILATION, INFILTRATION, CONDENSATION
STRATIFICATION, INDOOR AIR POLLUTION, AND THE AIR-TO-AIR HEAT
The Need for Fresh Air · Controlling Condensation · Indoor Air Pollution · Air-to-Air Heat Exchanger · The Saskatchewan Design · Available Heat Exchangers
VII. HEATING THE HOUSE
Heatless Calculations · Living Process Heat Gain · Passive Solar · Active Solar · Electric Heat · Fuel Oil and Natural Gas · Coal · Wood · Various Other Alternatives
VIII. THERMAL MASS
Properties of Materials · The Effect of Thermal Mass · Heat Transfer · The Cool down Phenomenon · Fitting Mass in · Eutectic Salts
IX. THE SUPERINSULATED RETROFIT
What is Retrofitting? · Heatless Calculations · Retrofit Economics · Controlling Ventilation · Windows · Floors · Roofs · Walls · Heating System Retrofits · The Superinsulated Retrofit
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That New Publishing Company - Since 1977
W.Walker, Jr. & Associates, Ltd.
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