Green Beginnings: The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home
This book is the first of its' kind to present the subject matter both experientially and from a homeowner's perspective. Using non-technical, easy-to-understand, plain English, the authors identify and define green and sustainable concepts, materials and systems, and explain how these various components come together and relate to each other in today's green homes. Their homespun narrative style of storytelling makes readers feel as though they are conversing with two old friends and simplifies learning and comprehension. Following the projects timeline, the authors inject experiential advice at key planning and construction phases when applicable. Topics include selecting architects, builders and other professionals, the LEED For Homes program, and cite the benefits green homes avail homeowners. Construction activities are illustrated with 100 sequenced color photographs, and a glossary of green and sustainable terms and language provides the reader with a reference guide.
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Chapter OneAssembling the Creative Team
Chapter Three The Conceptual Design Plan
Chapter FiveProducts Systems and Materials
The Working Drawings
The entire construction process from groundbreaking to completion in photos that you may know
The contributions made by the Landscape Architect are celebrated bringing finality to the project
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