Energy-Wise Landscape Design A New Approach for Your Home and Garden

ISBN-10: 0865716536

ISBN-13: 9780865716537

Edition: 2010

Authors: Sue Reed

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: New Society Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 4/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Sue Reed is a registered landscape architect who has helped hundreds of homeowners create comfortable, livable and beautiful landscapes that save energy. She is also an experienced writer and teacher whose work focuses specifically on environmentally sound, energy efficient and sustainable landscape design.

Arranging the Landscape to Help Cool a House in Summer
The Sun and the Wind
Shading the House
ACTION: Provide Shade During Early Morning and Late Afternoon
ACTION: Shade the House During Mid-afternoon and Mid-morning
ACTION: Shade South-facing Windows and Walls
Cooling the Air Around the House
ACTION: Add Trees and Many Other Plants to Your Landscape
ACTION: Capture Breezes
Cooling the Ground near the House
ACTION: Shade the Ground with Living Plants
ACTION: Cover Bare Ground with Mulch
ACTION: Minimize the Extent of Mown Lawn
ACTION: Minimize Hard Surfaces, Especially Near the House
ACTION: Use "Cool Pavement" On Driveways
Arranging the Landscape to Help Warm a House in Winter
Taking Advantage of the Sun's Heat
ACTION: Allow Maximum Sunlight to Reach the House at Midday
ACTION: Make the Most of Morning and Afternoon Sunlight
Reducing the Chilling Effect of Winter Wind
ACTION: Plant a Windbreak
ACTION: Plant a Buffer near the House
ACTION: Position Structures to Deflect Wind
Designing the Realm of Plants
Creating Healthy Working Ecosystems
ACTION: Use Regionally Native Plants
ACTION: Select Plants That Contribute to the Work of Nature
ACTION: Match Plants to Soil Conditions
ACTION: Add Nothing; Just Remove Unwanted Plants
Reducing (or Eliminating) Lawn
ACTION: Stop Mowing Some of the Lawn
ACTION: Replace Some Amount of Existing Lawn with Other Elements
ACTION: Design a Lawn-free Landscape
Using Water Efficiently
ACTION: Design Gardens for Least Water Demand
ACTION: Manage Runoff with Topography
ACTION: Collect Rainwater
Designing the Whole Property
Fitting the Landscape to the Land
ACTION: Revise Your Ideas to Fit the Terrain
ACTION: Use the Gentlest Terrain for Things That Need It
ACTION: Use Steeper Slopes for Things That Don't Need Level Land
Designing the Car Zone
ACTION: Put the Driveway in the Right Place
ACTION: Design the Car Zone Big Enough, but Not Too Big
ACTION: Choose Suitable Paving Material
Making the Most of Every Element
ACTION: Design for Function As Well As Appearance
ACTION: Design for Multipurpose
ACTION: Use Materials Efficiently
Situating New Homes with Energy in Mind
ACTION: Position the House for Maximum Solar Gain
ACTION: Situate Buildings in Accord with the Wind
ACTION: Plan First, Cut Later
ACTION: Buy the Right Land for Your Needs
Construction and Care
Installing and Maintaining Planted Areas
ACTION: Limit Importing Topsoil from Off-site
ACTION: Amend Soil Only When Necessary, and with a Light Touch
ACTION: Plant Trees and Shrubs Properly
ACTION: Mulch Bare Garden Soil
ACTION: Plant Wildflower Meadows So They Thrive
ACTION: Create Healthy Low-maintenance Lawns
ACTION: Water Wisely
ACTION: Acquire Plants Appropriately
Building Structures in the Landscape
ACTION: Lay Patios and Paths to Be Durable
ACTION: Build Stone Walls so They Hold Up Well
ACTION: Build Wood Structures for Long Life
ACTION: Use Alternative, Renewable Materials
Constructing New Homesites
ACTION: Protect the Site Before and During Construction
ACTION: Use Energy-efficient Construction Techniques
ACTION: Consider Building an Earth-sheltered Home
ACTION: Heal the Site after Construction
Generating Energy in Your Landscape
Making Electricity from Sunlight
What's Involved?
What's Required?
Generating Electricity from the Wind
What's Involved
What's Required
Harnessing the Energy of Flowing Water
What's Involved?
What's Required?
Capturing the Warmth of the Ground
What's Involved?
What's Required?
Lights in the Landscape
Lighting with Energy in Mind
ACTION: Use the Right Energy Source for the Job
ACTION: Arrange Electrical Circuits to Allow Maximum Control
ACTION: Install Various Kinds of Controls
ACTION: Use the Most Appropriate Light Bulb
ACTION: Point Light Downward, Not at the Sky
ACTION: Clean and Maintain Light Fixtures
Details and Calculations
Plant Lists
About the Author
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