Be a Successful Green Builder

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McGraw Hill Professional, Oct 31, 2008 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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Increase Profits by Incorporating Sustainable Practices into Your Building Operations

Filled with environmentally friendly methods that reduce the impact of housing on natural areas, Be a Successful Green Builder contains everything needed to get started in the green building business and develop a thriving enterprise.

Successful contractor and bestselling author R. Dodge Woodson explains how to select green building products, understand zoning requirements associated with green building, write winning proposals, find suitable financing, and deal with brokers. He also reviews 20 key mistakes to avoid in building green. Be a Successful Green Builder features:

  • A plain-English guide to developing a lucrative green building enterprise
  • Information on selecting the best green building products
  • Valuable tips on preparing winning bids
  • Step-by-step advice on expanding a green building business

Inside This Hands-on Guide to Profitable Green Building

• Getting Started in Green Building • Setting Up Your Business Structure • 20 Mistakes to Avoid When Becoming a Green Contractor • Matching Green Projects with Suitable Locations • Finding Financing • Working from Home Versus an Office • Building on Speculation • Working with Real Estate Brokers • Selecting Green Building Products • Dealing with Subcontractors • Preparing Winning Bids • Using Sustainable Practices to Make More Money • Growing Your Business • Expanding into Green Land Development to Double Your Money • Landscaping Tips that Sell Houses Fast
 

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Contents

The Business of Green Building
1
Setting Up Your Business Structure
11
20 Key Mistakes to Avoid When Becoming a Building Contractor
21
Matching Green Projects with Suitable Locations
33
Finding Financing the Easy Way
51
Working from Home versus Setting Up an Office
73
Building on Speculationthe Risks and the Rewards
83
Working with RealEstate Brokers
105
Preparing Winning Bids
161
Using Sustainable Building Practices to Make More Money
189
Growing Your Business the Smart Way
195
Green Land Developing Could Double Your Income
221
Green Landscaping Tips That Sell Houses Fast
229
Glossary of Green Words and Terms
239
Time Saving Tips and Tables for Builders
261
Index
361

Finding and Selecting Green Building Products
117
Dealing with Subcontractors and Suppliers
131

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About the author (2008)

R. Dodge Woodson is a successful contractor with 30 years of experience in the construction business. He is the author of numerous bestselling McGraw-Hill titles, including Be a Successful Building Contractor, Third Edition; Be a Successful Residential Land Developer, Second Edition; Be a Successful Remodeling Contractor; and Be a Successful Property Manager

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