Green from the Ground Up: A Builder's Guide : Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-efficient Home Construction

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Taunton Press, 2008 - Architecture - 330 pages
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A thorough, informative, and up-to-date reference on green, sustainable and energy-efficient home construction that clarifies definitions of green and sustainable and guides builders and architects through the process of new or remodel green construction, including issues of site, landscaping, durability, and energy-efficiency. It starts with clear explanations of the concepts and fundamentals of green, healthy and energy-efficient construction and walks the reader through the entire construction process, injecting expert advice at every decision point. Construction techniques, materials, and products are thoroughly explained, making the often vaguely understood concepts cleanly understandable. The book gives builders and architects the tools to respond to growing requests from homeowners for green and energy-efficient houses, whether new or remodeled. Homeowners can use the book to understand the concepts, process, and options, whether they're doing it themselves or working with a professional.

 

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very good book on eco building practices. it is a very easy and practical teaching.

Contents

Introduction
3
Green Building Basics
5
The House as a System
23
Planning and Design
43
Foundations
67
Framing
83
Roofs and Attics
109
Windows and Doors
129
Siding and Decking
227
Solar Energy
251
Indoor Air Quality
273
Interior Finishes
287
Landscaping
311
AFTERWORD
322
RESOURCES
326
PHOTO CREDITS
327

Plumbing
155
Heating Ventilationand AirConditioning
173
Electrical
197
Insulation
207
INDEX
328
eBookBack Cover
331
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Nationally recognized green building expert, author, and lecturer David Johnston has been a leading thinker behind the green building movement. He created the first green remodeling program in the country and his approach to green building has been embraced by cities, building professionals, and sustainability advocates nationwide. Johnston has represented the United States internationally to develop international research agreements on sustainable construction. He designed the Denver Metro Home Builders Association's Built Green Program and the Boulder Build Green Program. What's Working, Inc., the company he founded, has offices in California and Colorado.

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