Green By Design: Creating a Home for Sustainable Living

Green By Design: Creating a Home for Sustainable Living

by Angela Dean
     
 

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There is no "one-size-fits-all" plan for so-called "green" homes; rather, there are universal principles of design that can be applied to individual tastes and needs. Architect Angela Dean offers a variety of ways to incorporate green building into your home, including using healthy building materials such as straw bales and natural flooring, taking advantage of local

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There is no "one-size-fits-all" plan for so-called "green" homes; rather, there are universal principles of design that can be applied to individual tastes and needs. Architect Angela Dean offers a variety of ways to incorporate green building into your home, including using healthy building materials such as straw bales and natural flooring, taking advantage of local materials and resources, reusing gray water for landscaping, and incorporating passive solar design. Her goal is to teach people how to think about building sustainable homes.

Green by Design provides a thorough analysis of what it means to build green and offers advice on what to consider when designing a sustainable home. Green by Design features full-color photographs and line drawings of floor plans show different examples of successful sustainable homes. It also includes in-depth case studies of more than a dozen homes so readers planning a green home can see what worked for others. By providing people with knowledge, inspiration, and the ability to ask the right questions (and understand the answers) Green by Design puts home builders and owners on a path to creating beautiful, environmentally responsible homes that they can be proud to live in.

Angela Dean, AIA, is principal architect of AMD Architecture in Salt Lake City. She specializes in environmentally responsible designs to create healthy, comfortable buildings that are in harmony with the environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586851729
Publisher:
Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Project: Keller Farmhouse

Location: Western Washington, east of Seattle

Architect: Living Shelter Design

Owner: Keller family

Square Footage: 1,392 main, 941 upper, 2,333 total

Budget: $230,000 for home, $33,000 for garage w/ unfinished apartment

Builder: Gordon Construction, Fall City, Washington

Photographer: Mike Zarieki

Sustainable Features

· Flood plain design

· Vernacular design response

· Efficient space utilization

· Extended outdoor living

· Passive Solar

· Masonry heater

· Heat Recovery Ventilator

· Hard surface floors

· Detached garage

· Durable materials

The Kellers had lived in an old, deteriorating farmhouse for thirteen years on the site of their new home. This gave them plenty of time for dreaming up an ideal home. It also gave them intimate knowledge of the site, so that when the time came to make the dream a reality, they knew exactly how to capture the best the site had to offer.

The Keller family is a nuclear one-mom, dad, and four kids from ages three to twelve. Two boys share a bedroom; the others have their own. All but the youngest help on the farm. As a family of farmers who are used to working with the rhythms of nature, the home they dreamed of was to do the same. Their vision included an energy-efficient classic farmhouse with good sunlight, hardwood floors, and a masonry heater. They wanted a home small enough to be affordable to build, operate, and maintain.

Design

Selecting an architect began by paging through the local Yellow Pages. During the interview process it was easy for them to sense early on who they would get along with. They needed an architect to not only design their dream house but also one who would fit a floodplain condition at the site of the home.

"Terry was practical from the start," the Kellers said. "She said that she wouldn't begin the design process until the floodplain issue was resolved. That impressed us."

Meet the Author

Angela Dean, AIA, is principal architect of AMD Architecture in Salt Lake City. She specializes in environmentally responsible designs to create healthy, comfortable buildings that are in harmony with the environment.

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