Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction

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Cengage Learning, Jan 3, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 608 pages
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GREEN BUILDING: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION provides a current, comprehensive guide to this exciting, emerging field. From core concepts to innovative applications of cutting-edge technology and the latest industry trends, this text offers an in-depth introduction to the construction of green homes. Unlike many texts that adopt a product-oriented approach, this book emphasizes the crucial planning, processes, and execution methods necessary for effective, environmentally sound construction. This text demonstrates that Earth-friendly products and energy-efficient materials take planning in order to make a building truly green. This visionary text helps students and professionals develop the knowledge and skills to think green from start to finish, empowering and inspiring them to build truly sustainable homes.
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Contents

What is Green Building and Why Does It Make Sense?
1
Structural Systems
123
Exterior Finishes
211
Interior Systems
299
Mechanical Systems
323
Epilogue
477
Appendix
483
Glossary
487
Glosario
499
Index
511
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Abe Kruger is a certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) building analyst and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) trainer and rater, as well as an active member of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) National Technical Committee. He has conducted energy-efficiency and conservation training for builders, renovators, home inspectors, contractors, and homeowners around the country. Mr. Kruger provides green building training and presentations at regional and national conferences, including RESNET, Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI), Green Prints, and Green Build, and he is accredited to perform EarthCraft House, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes, and ENERGY STAR certifications. Mr. Kruger also assists with designing, implementing, and evaluating utility-run energy-efficiency programs. In 2009, Mr. Kruger founded Kruger Sustainability Group (KSG) to provide green building training, consulting, and curriculum development for colleges, companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Carl Seville has honed his expertise in sustainable construction through over 30 years as a remodeling contractor, educator, and consultant in the residential construction industry. His groundbreaking work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Excellence Award for Green Homes from Residential Design Build Magazine (2008), the Energy Value Housing Award (2009), two Green Remodeling Advocate of the Year Awards (2005, 2007), two National Green Building Awards (2004, 2006), the Southface Energy Institute Award of Excellence for Environmental Stewardship (2003), and the EarthCraft House Leadership award (2006). Mr. Seville is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) building analyst, a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) certified trainer, and a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater, and he holds the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP Homes and Green Rater designations.

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