The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Building and Remodeling

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Penguin, Jan 6, 2009 - House & Home - 336 pages
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It's easy building green!

This guide helps environmentally conscious people make real-world decisions about building or remodeling a home. Readers will find information on how to save money by going green when building or remodeling, how to find the right green integrated system design, how to choose heating and cooling equipment, and how to save money on water.

- Focuses on the design integration of green materials

- Residential and commercial green building will grow from 2% of the U.S. construction market in 2005 to as much as 10% in 2010 (NAHB)

- More than 80 regional and local green building programs are in place in the U.S. and more are being promoted in the private sector

 

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Contents

Green Home Basics
1
Why Green Homes Matter
3
It Is Easy Being Green
19
Planning Your Green Home
29
Dollars and Sense
45
A Material World
55
Home Sweet Home
65
Your Homes Structure
77
Water Heating
143
Appliances and Countertops
151
Light and Power
165
Water and Air
175
Water Preservation and Conservation
177
Faucets and Fixtures
187
Air Quality
195
Outdoors
207

Homebuilding Techniques
79
Windows and Doors
93
Roofing and Siding
105
Floors and Walls
117
Energy
129
Heating and Cooling
131
The Great Outdoors
209
Shade and Sun
219
Let It Rain
227
Pools Hot Tubs Fencing and More
235
It Can Be Done
247
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LISA IANNUCCI is an independent scholar.

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