Colleagues may be aware that I have spent six years writing two books on energy and resource efficiency. I am pleased to announce the books have now been published.

This can only be described as a “labour of love”, as the economics of publishing non-fiction are horrendous. Indeed, I have decided to make this book available free of charge as a PDF, as a small contribution to helping others create a more sustainable future. You are welcome – encouraged – to share this free PDF with others.

Given the closely linked nature of the content, I have decided to combine the two books into one PDF and print volume. In total there are over:

450,000 words

840 pages

For those are interested in buying a printed copy, you may like to know that it is produced by “print on demand” by Lightning Source, which is a much more environmentally friendly method of publishing, since a book is only printed when an order is received. Should you want the print copy, you can order it via my webstore. I can despatch the book worldwide with a FREE postage option for the UK and much of Europe, and modest costs worldwide. If other sites offer the book (e.g. Amazon, Booktopia or the AEE Bookstore, I will provide links here in due course).

The best way to familiarise yourself with the books is to look at the free PDF version. However, here is a summary of the contents:

Volume I – Framework Volume II – Techniques
1. Getting Started
2. Contemporary ideas
3.
Value
4. Resource efficiency is not easy
5.
A Framework
6.
Mandate
7.
Method
8.
Momentum
9. Creating a Mandate
10. Developing a Strategy
11. Goals
12.
Discovery
13.
Meters
14.
Analysing Data
15.
Measuring and Verifying Savings
16.
Presenting Data
17.
Financial Analysis
18.
Funding for Improvement
19.
People
20.
Driving Improvement
21.
ISO 50001:2011
22.
Disclosure
23.
Systems and Design

 

Although the two volumes are quite distinct, they touch on many common subjects. As a result they are both published together, allowing for plentiful cross-references, a common index and bibliography.

The intention is that these books will provide a practical resource for anyone who wants to undertake a resource or energy efficiency program in their organisation. They avoid the self-congratulatory case studies that are out there and recognise the fact that, for many reasons, resource efficiency is hard. These books have little by way of content about technologies, as there are already excellent publications in this field. What they focus on are the financial, organisational, data and people issues that are the real determinants of success or failure.

There is a strong emphasis on signposting sources of further information (for example there are over 800 references provided in the bibliography, most with web links).

I welcome any thoughts and suggestions for improvement – please feel free to contact me directly (my details are in the sidebar).