Super House: Design Your Dream Home for Super Energy Efficiency, Total Comfort, Dazzling Beauty, Awesome Strength, and Economy

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SUPER HOUSE was written to empower anyone to create an ideal home. If you want to design a new home or make an addition to an existing home, it leads you step-by-step through everything you need to know. For renovations and repairs, you will find the critical information that guarantees a perfect job. If you are buying an appliance, Super House advises you how to make the best choice. If you are shopping for a home on the market, Super House is the ideal guide to all the features you want.

The author, Donald Wulfinghoff, is a world renowned expert on building design. He wrote Super House to enable anyone, regardless of background, to enjoy the benefits of a home that is super-efficient, totally comfortable, free of health hazards, strong, and beautiful. A host of innovations advance the state of the art, while using conventional materials and construction methods for economy and reliability.

Super House is organized in Eight Steps:
Step 1 shows you how to design every room, how to arrange the rooms for convenience and efficiency, and how to create a beautiful style
Step 2 explains how to make the best use of windows and skylights for daylighting, view, ventilation, solar heating, and emergency escape
Step 3 creates a super-efficient structure that will remain intact for centuries, protecting the family from radon, fire, tornadoes, earthquakes, and intruders
Step 4 recommends the best methods of heating, cooling, and ventilation for comfort, energy efficiency, and freedom from health problems
Step 5 covers elegant plumbing fixtures, efficient water heating, and making your water supply safe
Step 6 explains how to achieve the most efficient and visually effective lighting
Step 7 gives you tips for selecting every type of major appliance
Step 8 advises you how to deal with your contractors to get your project done perfectly.

In addition, Super House explains alternative energy sources and technologies, including wood burning, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal heat pumps, earth-sheltered construction, water recycling, and living off the grid, with important cautions about each.

Super House shows you how to design and select the best features for your home, while leaving the toil, tools, and special skills of construction to contractors. To enhance your practical understanding of house construction, it includes an illustrated primer that shows how a house is built from the foundation to the roof.

Worksheets, checklists, and over 600 illustrations make every project easy and fun. Sidebars provide fascinating insights. Each topic recommends the best choices to consider.

Super House is a first-place winner of the Benjamin Franklin Awards. It was named a Book of the Year at the 2016 American Library Association convention. It has earned rave reviews from the leading book review publications, including Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews, and Midwest Book Review.

Super House is unique, powerful, and fun. It pays for itself the first time you use it. And, it makes a great gift for anyone dreaming of a perfect home.

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Donald Wulfinghoff has a mission to improve the quality of buildings. He taught the first courses on energy efficiency at the George Washington University, in the U.S. capital. His talks have been attended by thousands from around the world. He was introduced on C Span as the world s expert on efficiency in buildings by Congressman Roscoe Bartlett, the respected sustainability sage of Congress. His Energy Efficiency Manual is the world s leading book on energy efficiency in buildings and industry.

From the outset, Don recognized the quality of homes as a prime component of human wellbeing, and he has worked to optimize every aspect of home design. He was a pioneer in exploiting the synergy between energy efficiency, comfort, indoor health, structural strength, and fire safety. And, he is emphatic that energy efficient homes must also be beautiful, practical, and economical. He built his own home as a proving ground for several major innovations.

Don is renowned for merging theory and practice in a way that is accessible to people of all backgrounds. Readers applaud his easy, conversational style. He doesn t resist droll observations, and he doesn t pull his punches.

Don wrote this book for you. He understands your ambition to have an ideal home, and he wants you to bring that wish to reality. You and he will be spending a lot of time together. So, get ready and enjoy the ride!

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This book allows readers with little to no experience to design the optimal house for their location, community, and family needs. Donald R. Wulfinghoff maximizes the relationship between our homes and our lives in his enormously helpful design guide, Super House: Design Your Dream Home for Super Energy Efficiency, Total Comfort, Dazzling Beauty, Awesome Strength, and Economy.

Planning and building a house from scratch or even undertaking a simple addition or renovation can be daunting in scope. Yet through flow charts, checklists, worksheets, bulleted lists, and ample photographs, Super House breaks down big-picture issues such as architectural styles while also addressing nitty-gritty details such as the optimal placement of a toilet.

For ease of flipping, the eight design steps of Super House are color-coded on each right page. Wulfinghoff devotes the most coverage to creating a superstructure that is, a house that is resilient to damage by nature, crime, and age. The second largest topic is arguably the most fun of the book: planning the home s layout and style. Here Wulfinghoff provides plenty of visuals of well-executed style elements, such as groupings of windows.

Aesthetics, efficiency, and practicality are the foundations of Super House. For example, Wulfinghoff encourages those building a home to go stand on the land prior to construction to orient the layout and exploit the best views. He also suggests placing rarely used rooms like formal dining rooms and guest bedrooms toward the front of the house to serve as a buffer to a busy street. He likewise encourages placing rooms in clusters that streamline efficient heating and cooling throughout the day and night. In place of a locked safe, Wulfinghoff believes that every house should have a strong room with reinforced walls and doors in which to store valuables.

Wulfinghoff s tone is genial and authoritative. He has worked in the construction field for years, and he quickly earns the readers trust through exhaustive detail. --Foreword Reviews

Energy-efficiency expert Wulfinghoff brings a lifetime of experience in home design and efficiency to this hefty volume. Breaking the process of building a new home or retrofitting an existing one into eight steps, from planning to completion, Wulfinghoff focuses on choice of materials and systems that work well and support energy conservation and economy. He includes sections on choosing a builder, selecting doors and windows, plumbing, heating/cooling, and lighting. A lengthy section discusses alternative energy sources solar, wind, geothermal and earth-sheltered construction. Without sacrificing comfort or spending excessive amounts of money, it is possible to design a house that is far superior to those widely available, Wulfinghoff asserts. ... the volume addresses almost any question a DIYer might have while building or renovating a home. Worksheets and checklists provide guidance for each phase of the process. --Publishers Weekly

Impressively well written, exceptionally well organized, Super House: Design Your Dream Home for Super Energy Efficiency, Total Comfort, Dazzling Beauty, Awesome Strength, and Economy is thoroughly 'user friendly' in content and presentation. Enhanced with 620 full color illustrations, English and metric units, and a 3-color index, Super House is very highly recommended for personal, professional, community, and academic library architecture collections.

This is the ultimate instructional guide and manual on home design and specifically designed for readers of all backgrounds. Super House includes worksheets, checklists, and galleries of illustrations to provide the assurance that a first-time home designer needs. Each step recommends the best choices to consider. A bonus section explains alternative energy sources and technologies, and advises which to use and which to avoid. Super House will pay for itself the first time you use it. --Midwest Book Review

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