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Posted August 24, 2008
Must-have book on greening
GREEN BUILDING AND REMODELING FOR DUMMIES is a one-stop shop on greening homes and lots. Author Eric Freed's book is twice my preferred length of 150 pages. But he goes through all the choices in building, maintaining, and landscaping homes that respect resident health and environmental well-being. All 18 chapters are clearly written and nicely organized. But my favorite sections are his sound recommendations on landscaping, and on top 10 materials to use and projects to do right away. He ends with a helpful appendix on green suppliers, quality control, and paybacks. And it's easy to go back through the book, time and time again, because of the equally helpful index.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2008
Green architect Eric Corey Freed knows his stuff and it shows in Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies. Freed makes green buiding and remodeling approachable and very doable. I like the checklists throughout the book and the perfect green rooms, both of which make understanding the big picture easy. Freed does an excellant job in explaining the advantages of building green for the health of the occupants and the environment. If you've ever wondered what the true environmental cost of a particular product is, Freed does a great job of explaining it in 'the life cycle of materials from cradle to grave.' If you didn't 'get' greeen before, this section will show you how important it is to look at the entire life cycle of a product to determine how green--or not--a particular product is. I also liked the handy list of green material substitutes which make purchasing very easy. The book was very readable and concise and even fun to read. I highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 20, 2009
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