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

By Sue Reed

Residential intake represents approximately one zone of North America’s overall power use and the common house owner spends hundreds of thousands of greenbacks a yr on energy money owed. to aid alleviate this challenge, Energy-Wise panorama Design provides thousands of sensible methods everybody can get a better price, time, and energy whereas making their landscapes extra environmentally fit, ecologically wealthy, and effort efficient.

Combining normal directions with tips, ideas, and activities, this absolutely illustrated consultant explains the numerous possibilities our landscapes supply for holding power. Readers will find out how to:

  • Lower a home's heating and cooling costs
  • Minimize gasoline utilized in panorama development, upkeep, and daily use
  • Choose panorama items and fabrics with decrease embedded power costs
  • Make a favorable distinction with out a significant funding or switch in lifestyle

Intended for householders, gardeners, panorama pros, and scholars, the layout principles during this booklet will paintings in all kinds of setting—large or small, hilly or flat, city or rural. Written in non-scientific language with transparent causes and a simple conversational sort, Energy-Wise panorama Design is a vital source for everybody who desires to reduce their power footprint whereas bettering their estate and including price to their home.

Sue Reed is a registered panorama architect and a consultant in ecological panorama layout who has helped thousands of owners create cozy, livable, and gorgeous landscapes that keep power. She can also be an skilled author and instructor whose paintings in particular specializes in environmentally sound, energy-efficient, and sustainable panorama design.

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Layout tip: raise reflectivity by the point night arrives, a white vehicle that’s been sitting within the sunlight all day will suppose cooler inside of than a black vehicle. for a similar cause — gentle colours replicate warmth whereas darkish shades soak up it — gentle grey or tan pavement could be cooler on the finish of the day than black or darkish grey pavement. (Thicker fabrics will in general carry warmth longer than thinner ones, yet for normal thickness domestic driveways and stone surfaces, the lighter the colour, the cooler the pavement. ) Fig. four. eight: autos tuck into a number of small nooks during this forest car parking zone, keeping either the sweetness and the cooling benefits of the bushes. Fig. four. nine: Light-colored surfaces are cooler than darkish ones. Pavement as warmth garage development is being made in utilizing sizzling asphalt surfaces as a resource of power to warmth houses and offices. the method consists of laying flexible water pipes lower than the outside ahead of the pavement is installed position. this concept makes loads of feel for brand new building of bigger paved components, and the time may well come while it’s a regular process for residential pavement too, yet at this element the method isn’t efficient for small or low-traffic components. 50 | ENERGY-WISE panorama layout So, to lessen the volume of warmth kept on your driveway, construct it with light-colored fabrics. the good, most-reflective fabrics in your driveway comprise: • Concrete (most appropriate within the south, the place the floor doesn’t freeze) • Asphalt combined with light-colored combination (stone debris) • Granite block • Light-tinted precast concrete pavers • free pea-stone (best in low-traffic components) • Compacted sandy gravel (best for additional parking areas, low site visitors parts) • beaten seashells (where in the community to be had) How Concrete Is Made Concrete contains Portland cement combined with water and numerous sizes of stone debris referred to as aggregates, that is then laid or poured into its final configuration and allowed to harden (technically, to “cure,” that's a chemical method, no longer a drying). The construction of Portland cement comprises heating limestone and clay to among 2,500° and 3,000°F. as a result of those tremendous excessive tempera- Hot-Humid and Hot-Arid areas simply because white or light-colored fabric could cause glare within the excessive solar of those southern areas, and black fabric absorbs an incredible volume of the day’s warmth, pick out mediumcolored pavement fabrics in its place. every time attainable, select the fabric that’s produced or made on your personal quarter, to lessen the strength rate of shipping. and provides choice to fabrics that require the smallest amount of strength of their manufacture. Concrete construction, for instance, consumes super excessive quantities of strength; it may be utilized in panorama building simply while no different substitute is sensible. besides the fact that, just about all paving fabrics include a comparatively excessive “embedded strength” fee. Asphalt is a petrol product; pre-cast blocks and pavers are made up of concrete; granite and different paving stones were faraway from the Earth and transported for your domestic with large attempt and expenditure of power.

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