Green Building Products, 3rd Edition: The GreenSpec Guide to Residential Building Materials--3rd Edition / Edition 3

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Overview

Interest in sustainable, green building practices is greater than ever. Whether concerned about allergies, energy costs, old-growth forests, or durability and long-term value, homeowners and builders are looking for ways to ensure that their homes are healthy, safe, beautiful, and efficient.

In these pages are descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more than 1,400 environmentally preferable products and materials. All phases of residential construction, from sitework to flooring to renewable energy, are covered. Products are grouped by function, and each chapter begins with a discussion of key environmental considerations and what to look for in a green product. Over 40 percent revised, this updated edition includes over 120 new products. Categories of products include:

  • Sitework and landscaping
  • Outdoor structures
  • Decking
  • Foundations, footers, and slabs
  • Structural systems and components
  • Sheathing
  • Exterior finish and trim
  • Roofing
  • Doors and windows
  • Insulation
  • Flooring and floor coverings
  • Interior finish and trim
  • Caulks and adhesives
  • Paints and coatings
  • Mechanical systems/HVAC
  • Plumbing, electrical, and lighting
  • Appliances
  • Furniture and furnishings
  • Renewable energy
  • Distributors and retailers

An index of products and manufacturers makes for easy navigation. There is no more comprehensive resource for both the engaged homeowner and those who design and build homes.

Editor Alex Wilson is president of BuildingGreen, an authoritative source for information on environmentally responsible design and construction, which also publishes Environmental Building News.

Co-editor Mark Piepkorn has extensive experience with natural and traditional building methods.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865716001
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,200,649
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Alex Wilson is President of BuildingGreen, Inc. and Executive Editor of Environmental Building News the premier green building industry resource. A widely acknowledged green building expert since the '70s, he has authored countless articles and several books including Green Building Products and The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings. Mark Piepkorn is associate editor of Environmental Building News and the lead products researcher for GreenSpecĀ®, both publications of BuildingGreen, Inc. Active in the natural building movement, Mark has also been the editor of The Last Straw, an international newsletter about straw-bale construction and natural building.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Sarah Susanka Susanka, Sarah

Sitework & Landscaping 1

Outdoor Structures 19

Decking 27

Foundations, Footers, & Slabs 37

Structural Systems & Components 57

Sheathing 95

Exterior Finish & Trim 103

Roofing 113

Doors 125

Windows 129

Insulation 141

Flooring & Floorcoverings 163

Interior Finish & Trim 195

Caulks & Adhesives 219

Paints & Coatings 223

Mechanical Systems/HVAC 241

Plumbing 261

Electrical 281

Lighting 291

Appliances 299

Furniture & Furnishings 309

Renewable Energy 319

Distributors & Retailers 335

Miscellaneous 349

Index of Products & Manufacturers 361

Environmental Benefits Statement 370

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