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PREFACE xv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS xvii CHAPTER 1 THE BUILDING TEAM 1 Generalist Designers 2 Builders and Installers 3 Summary 4 Chapter Review 4 CHAPTER 2 CODES AND PERMITS 5 Building Codes 5 Permits and Inspections 8 Summary 9 Chapter Review 9 CHAPTER 3 DESIGNING HEALTHY HOUSES 11 Airborne Hazards 11 Other Hazards 14 A Positive Approach to Design 15 Summary 16 Chapter Review 16 CHAPTER 4 MAXIMIZING ENERGY EFFICIENCY 17 An Energy-Conserving Building Envelope 18 Summary 23 Chapter Review 23 CHAPTER 5 USING NATURAL ENERGIES 25 Home Heating with the Sun 25 Summary 31 Chapter Review 32 CHAPTER 6 FOUNDATIONS 33 How Deep a Foundation? 33 Types of Foundations 34 Foundation Materials 37 Summary 39 Chapter Review 39 CHAPTER 7 FLOORS 41 Wood-framed Floors 41 Lightweight Steel-framed Floors 48 Trussed Joists 48 Remodeling Existing Wood Floors 49 Concrete Floors 52 Subfloors and Underlayments 55 Summary 57 Chapter Review 57 CHAPTER 8 EXTERIOR WALLS 59 Wall Framing Systems 59 Concrete and Masonry Walls 66 Exterior Wall Finishes 68 Exterior Trim 72 Summary 76 Chapter Review 76 CHAPTER 9 DOORS AND WINDOWS 77 Door Types 77 Door Styles 79 Relocating Doorways 81 Door Hardware 81 Window Types 83 Window Sash and Frame Materials 86 Glazing Choices 86 Summary 89 Chapter Review 90 CHAPTER 10 ROOFS 91 Roof Forms 91 Roof Framing Systems 92 Roof Sheathing Materials 98 Insulation and Moisture Control 98 Roofing Materials 99 Roof Edges 103 Summary 103 Chapter Review 104 CHAPTER 11 INTERIOR WALLS AND CEILINGS 105 Partitions 105 Special Framing 109 Ceiling Structures 112 Modifying Existing Walls and Ceilings 114 Summary 116 Chapter Review 116 CHAPTER 12 INTERIOR SURFACES 117 Beneath the Skin 117 Floor Finish Materials 123 Wall and Ceiling Finish Materials 127 Trimming the Interior 131 Summary 133 Chapter Review 134 CHAPTER 13 HEATING SYSTEMS 135 Comfort and Heat 135 Heating Fuels 137 Forced Air Heating Systems 139 Hydronic Heating Systems 142 Electric Heating Systems 145 Active Solar Heating Systems 146 All-in-One Heating Systems 147 Summary 149 Chapter Review 149 CHAPTER 14 COOLING SYSTEMS 151 Cooling Naturally 151 Cooling with Fans 153 Evaporative Cooling 155 Refrigerated Cooling 157 Systems that Provide Heating and Cooling 159 Summary 161 Chapter Review 161 CHAPTER 15 MAINTAINING HEALTHY INDOOR AIR 163 Sources of Indoor Air Pollution 164 Fresh Air through Ventilation 166 Ventilating Room by Room 166 Whole-House Ventilation Systems 172 Summary 175 Chapter Review 175 CHAPTER 16 HOUSEHOLD WATER SUPPLY 177 Sources of Household Water 177 Distribution Systems 179 Water Supply Piping 181 Water Supply Problems and Solutions 183 Unsuitable Water 184 Water Heaters 188 Summary 193 Chapter Review 193 CHAPTER 17 DRAINAGE SYSTEMS 195 Parts of the System 195 Piping Materials 199 Summary 202 Chapter Review 202 CHAPTER 18 KITCHEN AND BATH EQUIPMENT 203 Fixtures for the Bath 203 Kitchen Equipment 210 Summary 212 Chapter Review 212 CHAPTER 19 ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS 213 Electricity Basics 213 Service Entrance 214 Wire and Conduits 218 Communications Wiring Systems 222 Electricity from the Sun 226 Summary 227 Chapter Review 227 CHAPTER 20 LIGHTING 229 Lighting Basics 229 Lighting by Function 230 Daylighting 231 Artificial Lighting Sources 232 Color of Light 236 Built-in Lighting 237 Lighting Fixtures 238 Lighting Kitchens 239 Lighting Baths 242 Summary 245 Chapter Review 245 GLOSSARY 247 RESOURCES 255 INDEX 257

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Jerry Germer is an author and architect who specializes in residential design.

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