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Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications - Media Bundle (Textbook / eBook) ($129.00)


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SEI's Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications is the first book released in this series, with more textbooks being released in the coming year covering advanced topics for the solar professional and battery-based PV systems.  

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New Learning Technologies - Textbook / eBook Bundle!

In partnership with Pearson Education, SEI has created an innovative learning resource that takes the concept of the common textbook to the next level by offering a companion interactive eBook bundled with the purchase of every textbook. 

Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications Unit / Chapter Outline

Unit 1 – Overview of Renewable Energy and the Solar Industry
Chapter 1 – The Case for Renewable Energy
Chapter 2 – An Overview of Photovoltaics and the Solar Industry
Unit 2 – Electricity and Components
Chapter 3 – Basics of Electricity
Chapter 4 – Components
Unit 3 – Modules, Series and Parallel, and Meters
Chapter 5 – Photovoltaic (PV) Modules
Chapter 6 – Series and Parallel Connections with Modules
Chapter 7 – Testing Modules with a Multimeter
Unit 4 – Solar Site Analysis and Mounting
Chapter 8 – Solar Site Analysis
Chapter 9 – Mounting
Chapter 10 – Roofing Systems
Unit 5 – Grid-Direct System Sizing
Chapter 11 – Implementing Efficiency
Chapter 12 – Grid-Direct Inverters 
Chapter 13 – System Sizing
Unit 6 – Grounding, Wiring, and Overcurrent Protection
Chapter 14 – Grounding
Chapter 15 – Wiring
Chapter 16 – Disconnects, Overcurrent Protection, and Series Fusing
Chapter 17 – Basics of Service Panel Connections
Unit 7 – Safely Installing, Commissioning, and Decommissioning Grid-Direct Systems
Chapter 18 – Jobsite Safety
Chapter 19 – Safe Procedures for Installation and Commissioning
Unit 8 – Battery-Based Systems
Chapter 20 – Introduction to Battery-Based Systems
Chapter 21 – Sizing Battery-Based Systems
Unit 9 – Solar Business and Finance
Chapter 22 – Entering the PV Industry
Chapter 23 – Marketing and Sales for Solar Integration Businesses
Chapter 24 – Electricity Rates, Savings, and Incentive Structures
Chapter 25 – Financial Benefit Analysis and Financing Options

The eBook version of SEI's Solar Electric Handbook: Photovoltaic Fundamentals and Applications leverages the power of new instructional technologies for the 21st century solar professional by offering access from any PC, Mac, iPad, or Android Tablet with full-text search capabilities, highlights, notes, bookmarks, support for multimedia content, glossaries, and many other exciting features!   PC and Mac users will access the eBook from the Pearson eText portal.  Mobile users will be able to download the App and enter the Pearson eText access card code that comes with every SEI Textbook!

 

 

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play-movieIf you teach for or have taken courses recently at a college or trade school, you may be familiar with other Pearson textbook titles that offer this type of online and mobile learning eText resource through Pearson's MyLabs series.  What was once only available for core academic areas like Math and Science is now available for professional solar training programs!  Click the image to the right to watch the video demonstration of this new eBook technology.

We are very excited about the launch of the SEI Textbook Series and ask that you join us in creating a more sustainable future through SEI's renewable energy education programs and learning resources.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
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Fotovoltaica: Manual de diseño e instalación (con enviaje afuera de los Estados Unidos) ($73.00)

El libro contiene una panorámica de la electricidad fotovoltaica así como una descripción detallada de las componentes de los sistemas FV. Este también incluye capítulos de cálculo de dichos sistemas FV, analizando el sitio, apéndices detallados del mantenimiento, solución de problemas y datos de radiación solar para más de 300 sitios alrededor del mundo.

El costo del libro es US$45. El envío internacional puede ser tanto como US$26, dependiendo de la ubicación. 

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Manual Fotovoltaica
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Fotovoltaica: Manual de diseño e instalación ($45.00)

por Solar Energy International

(Si quiere comprar y enviar el libro afuera de los Estados Unidos, por favor haga clic aqui)

El libro contiene una panorámica de la electricidad fotovoltaica así como una descripción detallada de las componentes de los sistemas FV. Este también incluye capítulos de cálculo de dichos sistemas FV, analizando el sitio, apéndices detallados del mantenimiento, solución de problemas y datos de radiación solar para más de 300 sitios alrededor del mundo.

Para preguntas sobre las ventas de mercancías envíe un correo a Breccia Wilson, Servicios al Estudiante Asesor, a breccia@solarenergy.org o llámenos al +1 970 963 8855 xt 107.

Para más información sobre nuestro programa de entrenamientos en español haga clic aqui.

 

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Photovoltaics: Design & Installation Manual ($60.00)

SEI's original textbook manual on how to design, install and maintain a photovoltaic (PV) system. This manual offers an overview of photovoltaic electricity, and a detailed description of PV system components, including PV modules, batteries, controllers and inverters. Electrical loads are also addressed, including lighting systems, refrigeration, water pumping, tools and appliances. The manual includes chapters on sizing photovoltaic systems, analyzing sites and installing PV systems. The manual also includes detailed appendices on PV system maintenance, troubleshooting, and insolation data for over 300 sites around the world. Used as the textbook in SEI's PV Design and Installation Workshop. Now available in Spanish!  

Also, please check out our newer and updated publication, the Solar Electric Handbook by clicking here.  

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Building with Awareness: DVD ($26.25)

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The DVD-only includes a double-layer DVD, a full-color 8-page booklet with a floor plan of the home, and a protective storage box. The DVD features a second audio track that doubles the design and construction information on the DVD to over 5 hours, a 16-minute sequence on construction details, and a quick-access menu. Running time of main video program: 2 hours 42 minutes. Released in 2005.

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Building with Awareness: DVD & Guidebook ($29.25)

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The Building With Awareness DVD / guidebook combination brings you the best of what both video and books have to offer. The award-winning DVD is inspiring and informative, with over five hours of material on every aspect of building a green home with straw bale and other natural materials. The 152-page handy-reference guidebook complements the DVD with more than four hundred full-color photographs, diagrams, and illustrations., plus tips, suggestions, and step-by-step methods—all condensed into an easy-to-understand, nuts-and-bolts format. Used side-by-side, these two important resources provide a comprehensive and visually dynamic library of information on building beautiful and energy-efficient green homes with straw bale.

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Chasing the Sun ($14.20)

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by Neville Williams, New Society Publishers, 2005

An inspiring story of delivering solar electricity to 50,000 families in 11 countries. Neville Williams shows how intelligent, local solutions can be found to meet energy needs of communities across Asia and Africa.

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Code Check Electrical ($14.20)

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by Redwood Kardon, Douglas Hansen, and Michael Casey - Taunton Press, 2008

Hundreds of code facts for electrical wiring at your fingertips. This book will help to speed up work, reduce code violation callbacks, and avoid accidental violations of unfamiliar electrical codes. This completely updated 5th edition includes a summary of the changes in the 2008 code and is cross-referenced to the International Residential Code.

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Design of Straw Bale Buildings ($30.00)

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by Bruce King, Green Building Press, 2006

A design manual for practicing professionals and teachers. This book provides truly useful information to architects, engineers, building officials, and builders who want to design intelligently with plastered straw bales.

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Earthbag Building ($22.45)

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Earthbag Building
The Tools, Tricks and Techniques
by Kaki Hunter & Donald Kiffmeyer

Over seventy percent of Americans cannot afford to own a code-enforced, contractor-built home. This has led to widespread interest in using natural materials -- straw, cob, and earth -- for building homes and other buildings that are inexpensive, and that rely largely on labor rather than expensive and often environmentally-damaging outsourced materials.

Earthbag Building is the first comprehensive guide to all the tools, tricks, and techniques for building with bags filled with earth - or earthbags. Having been introduced to sandbag construction by the renowned Nader Khalili in 1993, the authors developed this "Flexible Form Rammed Earth Technique" over the last decade. A reliable method for constructing homes, outbuildings, garden walls and much more, this enduring, tree-free architecture can also be used to create arched and domed structures of great beauty -- in any region, and at home, in developing countries, or in emergency relief work.

This profusely illustrated guide first discusses the many merits of earthbag construction, and then leads the reader through the key elements of an earthbag building:

  • Special design considerations
  • Foundations, walls, and floors
  • Electrical, plumbing, and shelving
  • Lintels, windows and door installations
  • Roofs, arches and domes
  • Exterior and interior plasters.

With dedicated sections on costs, making your own specialized tools, and building code considerations, as well as a complete resources guide, Earthbag Building is the long-awaited, definitive guide to this uniquely pleasing construction style.

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Energy for Keeps: Creating Clean Electricity from Renewable Energy ($18.70)

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by Marilyn Nemzer, Deborah Page & Anna Carter, Energy Education Group

This expanded 3rd edition is an introduction to renewable energy for everyone who uses electricity - from students to energy policy makers. Technologies covered include biomass, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind power.

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Hand-Sculpted House ($26.25)

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Are you ready for the Cob Cottage? This is a building method so old and so simple that it has been all but forgotten in the rush to synthetics. A cob cottage,cobb, however, might be the ultimate expression of ecological design, a structure so attuned to its surroundings that its creators refer to it as "an ecstatic house."
The authors build a house the way others create a natural garden. They use the oldest, most available materials imaginable--earth, clay, sand, straw, and water--and blend them to redefine the future (and past) of building. Cob (the word comes from an Old English root, meaning "lump") is a mixture of non-toxic, recyclable, and often free materials. Building with cob requires no forms, no cement, and no machinery of any kind. Builders actually sculpt their structures by hand.
Building with earth is nothing new to America; the oldest structures on the continent were built with adobe bricks. Adobe, however, has been geographically limited to the Southwest. The limits of cob are defined only by the builder's imagination.

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Humanure Handbook ($18.75)
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The Humanure Handbook
A Guide to Composting Human Manure
by Joseph Jenkins

There are almost seven billion defecating people on planet Earth, but few who have any clue about how to constructively handle the burgeoning mountain of human crap. The Humanure Handbook, third edition, will amuse you, educate you, and possibly offend you, but it will certainly pertain to you--unless, of course, your bowels never move.

This new edition of The Humanure Handbook is:

  • The Tenth Anniversary Edition
  • Richly illustrated with eye-candy artwork
  • Perfect for reading while sitting on the "throne"
  • Revised, improved, and updated
  • 256 pages of crap
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Microhydro: Clean Power from Water ($22.95)
by Scott Davis, New Society Publishers, 2004

Highly illustrated and practical, this book covers microhydro principles, design and site considerations, equipment options, and legal, environmental, and economic factors.

"Microhydro" covers both AC and DC systems.

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More Strawbale Building ($24.70)

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by Chris Magwood, Peter Mack, and Tina Therrien, New Society Publishers, 2005

A book tackling all the practical issues: finding and choosing bales; sound building plans; roofing, electrical, plumbing, and heating systems; building code compliance; and special concerns for northern climates. One of the most comprehensive and practical books on the subject to date.

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Natural Plaster Book ($22.45)

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The Natural Plaster Book
Earth, Lime and Gypsum Plasters for Natural Homes
by Cedar Rose Guelberth & Dan Chiras


For builders of natural homes (straw bale, cob, adobe, rammed earth, and other natural materials), this unique step-by-step guide takes the confusion out of choosing, mixing, and applying natural plasters.

From principles to practicalities, and with every stage of the process illustrated, The Natural Plasters Book details the entire process of plastering with earth, lime, and gypsum for a long-lasting and durable finish. Starting with an overview and history of the natural building movement, the book handles a wide variety of topics including earthen plaster versus cement stucco, tools and techniques of the trade, plaster recipes, and pigmenting plaster or painting walls with natural paints. First-time builders will appreciate tips on common mistakes (and how to avoid them) discussed at each stage of the plastering process. Special focus is paid to the importance of planning and designing for earthen plasters- before building begins.

The only comprehensive guide available on natural plasters, this book is written for the growing number of people who have decided to build their own natural homes as well as for professionals. Heavily illustrated with practical drawings and photographs, it also includes an extensive resource guide listing books, magazines, videos, builders, and suppliers.

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NEC Code 2008: National Electrical Code NFPA70 ($20.00)

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by NFPA, National Fire Protection Association

This is a must for anyone working in photovoltaics. This softbound book gives you the clearest set of rules that govern the electrical industry. It will help you reduce the risk of fire and electrical shock from improper installations, and is loaded with solutions designed to provide better safeguards against hazards. These codes are the industry standard.

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NEC Code 2011: National Electrical Code NFPA70 ($74.99)

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by NFPA, National Fire Protection Association

This is a must for anyone working in photovoltaics. This softbound book gives you the clearest set of rules that govern the electrical industry. It will help you reduce the risk of fire and electrical shock from improper installations, and is loaded with solutions designed to provide better safeguards against hazards. These codes are the industry standard.

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Renewable Energy Handbook for Homeowners ($22.45)

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If you're looking for an all-in-one reference to help you get started with an alternative energy system, or just improve your home's energy efficiency, The Renewable Energy Handbook is a great place to start.

The Renewable Energy Handbook (previously called "The Renewable Energy Handbook for Homeowners") is a 550 page guide to rural energy independence, off-grid and sustainable living. This is North America's leading guide to reducing your electrical demands through energy efficiency, and integrating clean, green, renewable energy into your life.

From solar panels, to wind turbines, batteries, generators, inverters and tying it all together, this book is ultimate source from someone contemplating a move to the country or the adoption of renewable energy technologies into their home.

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Solar Hot Water Systems: Lessons Learned ($51.00)

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by Tom Lane, Energy Conservation Services of North Florida, 2002

This book will help people who want to use currently available solar water heating products with success, and help them avoid the mistakes of the past. Aimed at the contractor who wants to know what works successfully, and the homeowner who wants basic facts for comparison shopping.

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Solar Water Heating ($24.95)
by Bob Ramlow and Benjamin Nusz, New Society Publishers, 2006

A book designed for those who want to install their own solar thermal system. It presents the basics of solar water heating, including energy conservation and energy economics. It covers types of solar collectors, solar water and space heating systems and solar pool heating systems, system components, installation, operation and maintenance, system sizing and siting.

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Teaching About Climate Change- Cool Schools Tackle Global Warming ($9.70)

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Edited by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn, New Society Publishers

This book offers a framework for teaching fundamental environmental concepts and a variety of activities that can be undertaken in school, at home, or in the community. Topics include: experiments that demonstrate the greenhouse effect, and hands-on explorations of energy and transportation alternatives.

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Teaching Green- The Elementary Years ($17.20)

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by Tim Grant and Gail Littlejohn, New Society Publishers

Teaching Green - The Elementary Years emphasizes the need to teach young people the skills, knowledge and values of active environmental citizenship and includes 50 kidtested teaching strategies that promote interdisciplinary hands-on learning about natural systems and foster critical thinking about global issues, both local and global. Designed for grades K-5.

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Teaching Solar- A Teacher’s Guide to Integrating Solar Energy into Classroom Curriculum ($24.00)

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by the Rahus Institute, A Rahus Institute - Solar Schoolhouse Publication, 2006


Solar energy concepts can be taught in many ways. Although the basic principles for using the sun’s energy are fairly simple, the applications of these principles are constantly evolving. This guide presents engaging new solar curricula that have evolved based on the experiences of teachers in their classrooms. "Teaching Solar" details step-by-step the Solar Schoolhouse approach of teaching solar based on experimentation. Nothing gets students, and teachers, more excited than to actually experiment with solar technology by powering electrical loads or cooking with sunlight. In our professional development trainings we find that the workshops truly burst into life when teachers get their hands on the solar equipment.


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The Carbon-Free Home ($26.25)

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by Stephen & Rebekah Hren, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2008

How can you turn your existing house into an environmental asset? One that simultaneously saves you money on utilities and insulates you from the possible shocks of Peak Oil? Read this book — then grab your handsaw, tape measure, and drill, and get started! A life powered by the sun is waiting for you. Meant as a guide for renovating existing homes, "The Carbon-Free Home" gives you the hands-on knowledge necessary to kick the fossil-fuel habit, with projects small and large listed by skill, time, cost, and energy saved.

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The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy ($20.95)

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by Dan Chiras, New Society Publishers, 2006

This book covers the many ways we can slash energy bills while improving comfort in our homes. It covers: solar hot water, solar space heat, passive cooling, solar, wind and micro-hydro generated electricity, and emerging technologies such as hydrogen, fuel cells, methane digesters and biodiesel.

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The Solar Food Dryer ($11.95)

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by Eben Fodor, New Society Publishers, 2005

"The Solar Food Dryer" describes how to use solar energy to preserve your summer's harvest. Includes: Complete step-bystep plans for building a high performance, low-cost solar food dryer from readily available materials, solar energy design concepts, food drying tips, recipes, and more!

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The Solar House ($22.45)

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by Daniel D. Chiras, Chelsea Green, 2002

This book provides home builders with all the necessary tools for successful solar design. Dan Chiras explains the principles of natural conditioning - heating and cooling with passive solar techniques.

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Using Natural Finishes: A Step-by-Step Guide ($21.00)

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by Adam Weismann & Katy Bryce 

An in-depth guide to the selection, mixing, and application of lime- and clay-based plasters, renders, paints, and washes. Providing step-by-step instructions with detailed illustrations to show the practical elements of working with lime- and clay-based finishes, the authors demonstrate how these natural “breathable” plasters and paints can be used on a wide variety of wall surfaces, including traditional and eco-build materials like cob, strawbale, and stone, as well as modern plasterboard and concrete surfaces, with stunning results. Easy-to-follow DIY projects guide the reader through all aspects of using these natural finishes, with beautiful photographs of techniques and examples from around the world.

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Wind Power for Dummies ($21.99)

"The" consumer guide to small-scale wind electricity production

Maybe you're not T. Boone Pickens, but you can build your own home-sized wind-power empire right in your back yard. "Wind Power for Your Home For Dummies" supplies all the guidance you need to install and maintain a sustainable, cost-effective wind generator to power your home for decades to come.

This authoritative, plain-English guide walks you through every step of the process, from assessing your site and available wind sources to deciding whether wind power is the solution for you, from understanding the mechanics of wind power and locating a contractor to install your system to producing your own affordable and sustainable electricity. Guides you step by step through process of selecting, installing, and operating a small-scale wind generator to power your home Demystifies system configurations, terminology, and wind energy principles to help you speak the language of the pros Helps assess and reduce your energy needs and decide whether wind power is right for you Explains the mechanics of home-based wind power Shows you how to tie into the grid and sell energy back to the power company Offers advice on evaluating all of the costs of and financing for your project Provides tips on working with contractors and complying with local zoning laws

Yes, you can do it, with a little help from "Wind Power for Your Home For Dummies."

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Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business ($50.00)
by Paul Gipe, Chelsea Green Publishing Co., 2004

A must for everybody who's involved or wants to be involved in the wind energy sector. Includes: sections on gauging wind resources and siting wind turbines, new examples and case studies of successful wind systems, and sources for new and used equipment.

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Wiring A House: 4th Edition ($18.70)

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Here's the completely revised and updated version of the classic reference book on home wiring for homeowners, electricians, and apprentices.

Since it was first published in 1996, Wiring a House has become the standard reference on residential wiring -- with its first two editions selling over 100,000 copies.

Updated to the latest National Electrical Code, this fourth edition features revised information on backup generators, AFCIs, GFCIs, tools, and room-by-room wiring -- plus a new chapter on home security wiring.

As part of our For Pros By Pros series, this valuable reference is an indispensable tool for professionals who need to stay up to date. And it also gives apprentices and homeowners a quick, accessible way to find the most current, accurate information.

For anyone who wants to wire a house, here's a complete, easy-to-understand guide that takes you through every step in detail -- written by a master electrician with over 25 years of experience.

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Your Green Home ($13.45)

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by Alex Wilson, New Society Publishers, 2006

A book written for homeowners planning a new home, whether they are working with an architect or builder, or serving as general contractor. Intended to improve the overall environmental performance of new houses being built, the book sets out to answer some of the big-picture questions relating to having a home designed and built-and getting what you want.