The New Ecological Home: A Complete Guide to Green Building Options
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The New Ecological Home: A Complete Guide to Green Building Options

by Daniel D. Chiras
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1931498164

ISBN-13: 9781931498166

Pub. Date: 05/28/2004

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

Shelter, like many other elements of human existence, comes at an extraordinary cost to our planet and its inhabitants. In the U.S. alone, construction of 1.2 million new homes a year results in a massive drain on Earth's natural resource base. Today, nearly 60 percent of all timber cut in the U.S. is used in building houses, not to mention construction wastes and

Overview

Shelter, like many other elements of human existence, comes at an extraordinary cost to our planet and its inhabitants. In the U.S. alone, construction of 1.2 million new homes a year results in a massive drain on Earth's natural resource base. Today, nearly 60 percent of all timber cut in the U.S. is used in building houses, not to mention construction wastes and the huge amounts of resources used in the day-to-day operation of the "modern" household. In addition to environmental costs, there are the personal economic costs—the thousands of dollars each homeowner spends each year to heat, cool, and power our homes.

Today, a new generation of architects and builders is emerging, intent on creating homes that meet human needs for shelter while causing only a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional housing. The New Ecological Home provides an overview of green building techniques, materials, products, and technologies that are either currently available or will be in the near future. Author Daniel Chiras provides a wealth of up-to-date, practical information for home buyers, owner-builders, and anyone interested in building for a sustainable future. Included are chapters on:

  • The Healthy House
  • Green Building Materials
  • Wood-Wise Construction
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Earth-Sheltered Architecture
  • Passive Solar Heating and Passive Cooling
  • Green Power: Electricity from the Sun and Wind
  • Water and Waste: Sustainable Approaches
  • Environmental Landscaping

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931498166
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Chelsea Green Guides for Homeowners Series
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.26(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Creating sustainable shelter
Part 1: Setting the framework, Green building and beyond
where do you begin?
Site matters : site selection and protection
Part 2: Green building and remodeling
The healthy house
Green building materials
Wood-wise construction
Energy-efficient design and construction
Accessibility, ergonomics, and adaptability
Using concrete and steel to build green
Natural building
Earth-sheltered architecture
Part 3: Sustainable systems
Passive solar heating
Passive cooling
Green power : electricity from the sun and wind
Water and waste : sustainable approaches
Part 4: Environmental landscaping

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