Building Today's Green Home: Practical, Cost-Effective and Eco-Responsible Homebuilding

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F+W Media, Inc., Aug 29, 2009 - House & Home - 159 pages
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Make Your Green Home a Reality!

Building the right-sized green home involves making eco-smart decisions. In "Building Today's Green Home," you will learn: How to choose the correct location of your building lot and what is the optimum placement of your house to take advantage of solar energyHow to design the right-sized home for your needs "now" and in the "future"What are the best sustainable construction materials to use for building your homeAbout the newest insulation materials and techniquesWhat HVAC units are the most efficient and are the best at saving energyHow to grade the building lot for natural sustainability

The decisions you make today will have a huge impact on your future and the future of your children. And, building the right-sized energy-efficient home will free up investment capital for your retirement years.

 

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Contents

Introduction
8
01 The Futile Search for the Dream House
10
02 Fundamentals of a Sane Last Home
23
03 Less is More
27
04 The CurbAppeal Penalty
34
05 Go Horizontal Not Vertical
40
06 Low Energy Daughters College Tuition
52
07 CasualCabinTimber Style
80
09 A Practical Dose of Passive Solar
98
10 Who Really Likes Repainting?
105
11 The Lawnmower Treadmill
115
12 The Final Recipe
122
13 Afterword
150
References
155
Suppliers
156
Index
157

08 The Promise of SIP Construction
89

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About the author (2009)

Art Smith is the owner of Rocky Ridge Designs, a firm that designs residential housing. He holds a BS in Engineering from Auburn University and is accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council. His home designs incorporate timber-framing beauty with energy-saving designs and techniques.

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