Higher Education

Renewable Energy & Sustainable Design, 1st Edition

  • Scott Grinnell Northland College
  • ISBN-10: 1111542708  |  ISBN-13: 9781111542702
  • 400 Pages
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $63.50
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Featuring current information and a practical approach, RENEWABLE ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN combines common forms of renewable energy with green building practices, offering an exciting and engaging introduction to this field. Focusing on both the theory and practice of producing electrical energy from non-fossil fuel sources, this text evaluates different types of building materials and design options while assessing available forms of renewable energy--including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, tidal and geothermal. By examining the benefits and limitations involved in harnessing each of these renewable energies, this text seeks to provide students with an objective and informed viewpoint, with the ultimate purpose of minimizing harmful impacts on individuals, communities, and the environment.

Features and Benefits

  • Effectively combines green building practices and renewable energies to bring together two interrelated aspects crucial to achieving healthy and sustainable communities.
  • Accurately highlights current information from the field to ensure that students remain informed of the latest advances in renewable energies and sustainable design.
  • Reader-friendly and engaging, each chapter methodically walks the student through theories and practices with practical examples, problems, and case studies.
  • Visually-appealing, each concepts is clearly supported through full-color graphics and photos to enhance learning.
  • Further Learning features interwoven throughout the text offer opportunites for students to learn, in further detail, additional information related the applicable topic.
  • Critical-thinking questions in each chapter range in complexity, thus building comprehension and the ability to evaluate various practices.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Green Building.
2. Building Materials.
3. Passive Solar Design.
4. Alternative Construction.
5. Energy.
6. Solar Hot Water.
7. Solar Electricity.
8. Wind Power
9. Hydropower
10. Biomass.
11. Non-Solar Renewable Energy.


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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Scott Grinnell

Scott Grinnell is an associate professor of physics at Northland College, where he has taught since 2002. Dr. Grinnell enjoys leading students through installations of renewable energy systems and organizing worldwide travel to study sustainable communities and green building practices. Since 1997 he has taught courses in mathematics, engineering, physics, meteorology, renewable energy, and sustainable design. He earned a bachelor's degree in physics from California Polytechnic State University and received his doctorate in geophysics from the University of Washington.