Green Beginnings: The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home

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Green Beginnings, Dec 2, 2008 - House & Home - 186 pages
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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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Contents

Chapter OneAssembling the Creative Team
21
Chapter Three The Conceptual Design Plan
45
Chapter FiveProducts Systems and Materials
71
The Working Drawings
89
The entire construction process from groundbreaking to completion in photos that you may know
165
The contributions made by the Landscape Architect are celebrated bringing finality to the project
179
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Vicki and Avrim Topel are a middle-class couple who describe themselves as not different from thousands of other American couples with children. They share the same lifestyle as their neighbors, with similar goals and dreams, and consider themselves blessed with family, friends, and a good life.Vicki Topel has a BS in Education from the University of Delaware and taught elementary school before making the decision to stay home and raise her children. A physical fitness fanatic, Vicki has consistently worked out at various health clubs and YMCA's and has non-competitively participated in running races on a regular basis for more than thirty years. Avrim Topel, also a University of Delaware grad with a BA in History, has spent the past thirty-three years in the hotel and real estate businesses. In addition to owning and managing hotels and other commercial real estate, he served on various advisory committees and boards for ITT Sheraton Corporation and Best Western International, Inc. He is also an artist, having been featured in two one-man shows in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and enjoys song writing as a hobby.Vicki and Avrim Topel reside in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and have two children, daughter Cory , son Andrew, a Tibetan terrier, Lulu, and Siberian kitty, Katina.

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