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Chiras, Daniel D.

Works: 61 works in 437 publications in 3 languages and 17,460 library holdings
Genres: Handbooks and manuals  Textbooks 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Daniel D Chiras
The homeowner's guide to renewable energy : achieving energy independence through solar, wind, biomass and hydropower by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

32 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 1,403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy tells you how. It starts by outlining the likely impacts of fossil fuel shortages and some basic facts about energy. It then discusses energy conservation to slash energy bills and prepare for renewable energy options. Focusing carefully on specific strategies needed to replace specific fuels, the book then examines each practical energy option available to homeowners ..."--Publisher website (November 2009)
Human biology : health, homeostasis, and the environment by Daniel D Chiras( )

41 editions published between 1991 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Power from the sun : achieving energy independence by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A guide for homeowners and others who want to lower their energy bills or achieve greater energy independence on the design, purchase, installation, and maintenance of solar electric systems
Solar electricity basics by Daniel D Chiras( )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This provides a clear understanding of the sun, solar energy and solar electric systems. It discusses the theoretical, practical and economic aspects of residential solar installations including inverters, batteries and controllers, system installation and maintenance, permits, covenants, utility connection, and the costs and financial incentives involved in buying a system
The solar house : passive heating and cooling by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While heat from sunlight and ventilation from breezes is free for the taking, few modern architects or builders really understand the principles involved. Yet "natural conditioning"--Heating and cooling with passive solar techniques -- is a viable alternative to fossil fuels. Acknowledging the good intentions of misguided solar designers in the past, the author highlights certain egregious errors and shows how to avoid them. The author shows how to select a cost-effective, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly backup heating system; how to preserve indoor air quality in an airtight, energy-efficient home; and ways of employing green building materials in a naturally conditioned home
Power from the wind by Daniel D Chiras( )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2017 in English and held by 1,037 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Faced with frequent power outages, skyrocketing energy costs, and constant reminders of the impacts of conventional energy sources, homeowners and businesses are beginning to explore ways to use energy more efficiently and to generate their own electricity to reduce fuel bills and their carbon footprint and to achieve greater independence. Power From the Wind is an easy-to-understand guide for individuals and businesses interested in installing small wind energy systems and includes information on the following: Ways to assess wind resources at your site; Wind turbines, towers, inverters, and batteries; Installation, maintenance, and costs. This book is designed to help readers make the smartest, most economical choices. Readers will gain the knowledge they need to make wise decisions during the design, purchase, and installation of small wind energy systems and to communicate effectively with wind system installers. Dan Chiras is an internationally acclaimed author who has published over twenty-four books, including The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy. He is a certified wind site assessor and has installed several residential wind systems. Dan lives in a passive solar home in Evergreen, Colorado. Mick Sagrillo is the wind technology specialist for Wisconsin's Focus on Energy. Ian Woofenden is a wind electricity editor, writer, workshop coordinator, instructor, and user in Washington's San Juan Islands
Wind power basics by Daniel D Chiras( )

15 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wind energy is the fastest growing source of energy in the world, and by the year 2020 it is projected to supply at least 12 percent of global electrical demand. Wind Power Basics provides a clear understanding of wind and wind energy systems, including turbines, towers, inverters and batteries, site assessment, installation, and maintenance requirements. Whether you're considering your own small-scale wind energy system or just want a straightforward, detailed introduction to the benefits and challenges of this rapidly emerging technology, Wind Power Basics is the guide you need
Superbia! : 31 ways to create sustainable neighborhoods by Daniel D Chiras( )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Superbia! is a book of fun and practical ideas for creating more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable neighborhoods. The authors first trace the history of the suburbs, showing how they fail to meet many peoples' needs. They then describe how existing urban and suburban neighborhoods can be transformed using the authors' 31 steps that range from easiest to boldest."--Jacket
The natural plaster book : earth, lime and gypsum plasters for natural homes by Cedar Rose Guelberth( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Natural resource conservation : management for a sustainable future by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

45 editions published between 1994 and 2014 in English and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This enlightening, rigorous, and comprehensive analysis offers a scientifically thorough survey of natural resource and environmental issues with an emphasis on practical, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions that meet human needs without disrupting our ecosystem's balance and depleting the Earth of its natural resources. Focuses on the issue of sustainable development, providing a variety of lasting solutions that make sense from social, economic, and environmental viewpoints, and putting readers in touch with one of the most significant shifts in thinking and action in the environmental and resource management arenas. Helps readers learn to critically think, question, and analyze issues from a variety of perspectives and distinguish good information from bad. Includes in-depth case studies end-of-chapter summaries, a list of key terms, review questions and critical thinking questions, and suggested readings. Significantly increases emphasis on international/global issues, and updates examples and statistics throughout
The new ecological home : the complete guide to green building options by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

10 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The New Ecological Home' provides an overview of green building techniques, products and technologies that are either currently available or will be in the near future, as well as current, practical information for home buyers, owner-builders, and anyone interested in building for a sustainable future
The natural house : a complete guide to healthy, energy-efficient, environmental homes by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sourcebook examines the options for building a house that is economical, energy-efficient, nontoxic, kind to the environment, and pleasurable to inhabit. Explores the pros and cons of 14 natural building methods, including straw bale, rammed earth, cob, cordwood, adobe, earthbags and papercrete
Lessons from nature : learning to live sustainably on the earth by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Citizens concerned about the environment are taking up the call for a new, sustainable lifestyle. Lessons from Nature tells us what sustainability really means, and how we can achieve it. Daniel Chiras brings the concept of sustainability to life, defining it in a variety of contexts--economic, biological, political, and ethical. He also explores creative, practical ways we can apply the principles of sustainability to agriculture, industry, transportation, and other aspects of modern life. Chiras views the environmental crisis as an opportunity to redirect society away from short-term, stopgap solutions toward a new world ethic based on living in harmony with nature. He offers a fresh, bold vision of the future in which all human endeavors, from international policies to individual actions, unite us in our effort to save the planet. Lessons from Nature is foremost about solutions. It opens with a frank discussion of the scope and causes of our current crisis. Next, it examines key trends in population, agriculture, energy, biological diversity, pollution, and solid waste disposal, offering feasible, affordable suggestions to put them back on a sustainable course. Chiras offers numerous examples of positive actions on the part of individuals, corporations, and governments throughout the United States and the international community, and he sets a clear agenda for additional action
Voices for the earth : vital ideas from America's best environmental books( )

3 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Solar home heating basics by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Easy to understand, accurate, comprehensive and packed with all the essential information home and small-business owners need to find affordable, reliable, and renewable alternatives to conventional home heating, Solar Home Heating Basics is the guide for anyone who wants to heat his or her home or office with solar energy
Environmental science : action for a sustainable future by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

28 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Green transportation basics by Daniel D Chiras( )

9 editions published in 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No invention in history has had a greater ecological impact than the automobile, but private passenger vehicles are unlikely to disappear from our roads anytime soon. Greener cars and fuels will be a necessity for many years to come. Green Transportation Basics is a guide to greening your personal driving habits by dramatically improving the efficiency of an existing vehicle using simple measures such as trip planning and regular maintenance to improve fuel economy. This handy guide also explores the most promising new green cars and trucks, including electric vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and natural-gas cars. And it critically examines sustainable fuels including ethanol, biodiesel, straight vegetable oil, hydrogen and biomethane. Don't let your dream of greening your transportation idle - Green Transportation Basics will guide you through the myths and misconceptions and provide clear options for the road to a more sustainable future
Power from the Sun : a Practical Guide to Solar Electricity#x96;Revised 2nd Edition by Daniel D Chiras( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The completely revised and updated guide to solar energy #x96; everything you need to power your home or small business
Environmental science : a framework for decision making by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 1989 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A current, comprehensive and holistic overview of critical environmental issues useful to readers with little or no background in science ... employing areas of ecology, geology, atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, law, economics, ethics, and others to examine the world around us"--Page v
Beyond the fray : reshaping America's environmental response by Daniel D Chiras( Book )

3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 329 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The solar house : passive heating and cooling
Human biology : health, homeostasis, and the environmentPower from the sun : achieving energy independenceSolar electricity basicsThe solar house : passive heating and coolingPower from the windWind power basicsSuperbia! : 31 ways to create sustainable neighborhoodsThe natural plaster book : earth, lime and gypsum plasters for natural homes
Alternative Names
Chiras, Dan

Chiras Dan 1950-....

Chiras, Daniel D.

키라스, 다니엘 D

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