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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
These two books are the perfect starting place to help you get to grips with one of the most vitally important aspects of our society - our homes and living environment.

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    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2019

    I like this as it talks about kWh/m2/y and gives us numbers where not many do


    Pre design
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2019
    So this is the WHAT look forward to the HOW. Words are easy we had so many of them. I like the way it has been presented. If time allows will have a go at working out how we have done with our build even though have fallen at one hurdle being on LPG in bottles.
    • CommentTimeDec 29th 2019
    Not terribly impressed. It doesn't give much/enough detail and doesn't provide links to more info, just a general recommendation to approach various do-good but commercially-inclined bodies.

    (1)(a) Total Energy Use Intensity appears to be the same as annual energy demand and both are actually [average] power measurements. (except Energy Use Intensity seems to be American).
    (b) I'm not clear what 'measured at the meter and exclude on-site generation' means. My import meter obviously doesn't measure demand satisfied by my own generation, so how would I be able to report that?

    (2) is suspiciously like PH standard, but PH standard includes cooling energy in the total!!! Sneaky or what?

    but at least (1) and (2) do give some numerical targets, yes.

    (3) I suppose there are issues of privacy etc that the aggregated and anonymised basis is designed to get around, but how do you identify people running hot tubs in winter, or cannabis farms or WHY?

    (4) We should all be good, really, and go to church every day ...

    (5), (6), (7) excellent stuff

    (8) what does this mean? What is 'annual peak energy demand'? Annual energy demand is the average power demand of the building but what does 'peak' mean? The highest instantaneous demand in the year? The highest average demand in the worst year? What?

    (9) OK

    (10) A 15-year PPA is at least clear, but probably illegal as a requirement. 'Investment into additional renewable energy capacity off-site' means what exactly? Can I buy solar panels in Belize? What about tidal research off Scotland? Is it another cost a housing association needs to fund and recover over decades?
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