Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction

Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction

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by David Johnston, Scott Gibson, Word Works, What's Working, Inc.
     
 

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A thorough, informative, and up-to-date reference on green, sustainable and energy-efficient home construction that clarifies definitions of green and sustainable and guides builders and architects through the process of new or remodel green construction, including issues of site, landscaping, durability, and energy-efficiency. It starts with clear explanations of

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A thorough, informative, and up-to-date reference on green, sustainable and energy-efficient home construction that clarifies definitions of green and sustainable and guides builders and architects through the process of new or remodel green construction, including issues of site, landscaping, durability, and energy-efficiency. It starts with clear explanations of the concepts and fundamentals of green, healthy and energy-efficient construction and walks the reader through the entire construction process, injecting expert advice at every decision point. Construction techniques, materials, and products are thoroughly explained, making the often vaguely understood concepts cleanly understandable. The book gives builders and architects the tools to respond to growing requests from homeowners for green and energy-efficient houses, whether new or remodeled. Homeowners can use the book to understand the concepts, process, and options, whether they're doing it themselves or working with a professional.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A refreshing and comprehensive step-by-step course in green building, packed with both solid building science and common sense solutions."
-Helen English, executive director of Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
"Green From the Ground Up" overflows with details and practical content that is hard to find anywhere else...an essential resource for any building professional that will be a valuable reference tool for years to come."
-Brian Gitt, CEO of Build It Green
"Within 5 to 10 years, all contractors will need to know how to execute a green remodel. From framing and foundations to plumbing and interior finishes, "Green From the Ground Up" puts that information in our hands."
-Dan Taddei, director of education, National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Labelled a Builder's Guide, this book is the next step up from the Dummies tome. It's written for builders and architects, but is a valuable resource for the advanced DIY person or the homeowner who wants to talk turkey with the pros on eco-friendly construction and energy efficiency. Topics range from selecting your building site and landscaping to tankless hot water systems and the insulating value of different window frame materials. —Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561589739
Publisher:
Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Series:
Builder's Guide Series
Pages:
330
Sales rank:
378,791
Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

David Johnston is a leader in the green building movement, transforming the way we think about the American home. His approach to green building has been embraced by building professionals, municipalities, homeowners, and sustainability advocates nationwide. He is the founder of www.whatsworking.com and www.greenbuilding.com.

Scott Gibson is a freelance writer and contributing editor to Fine Homebuilding magazine.

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Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Green from the Ground Up" is a comprehensive review of how to either build or remodel in a environmentally responsible way. It makes a great reference book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lucy_in_Atlanta More than 1 year ago
This book is very informative, written in everyday language. It is full of excellent illustrations! This is a Green Building essential, it should be in the library of all High Performance Green Builders and prospective Buyers as well as home owners. After reading this book, I purchased several copies and gift them to Builders to help them on the path to building Great Homes!
Guest More than 1 year ago
David Johnston and Scott Gibson see construction friendly to people and to environments as necessarily GREEN FROM THE GROUND UP. So they encourage commitment indoors and out to air quality, and to efficient energy and resource use. That means healthy land- and people-scaping, by attention to moisture and temperature control inside and out. My preferred book length is 150 pages. The authors give readers twice that, but comfortably broken down into 16 chapters. The afterword, guide to resources, and index are helpful ends to a beautifully illustrated, conveniently organized, and nicely written work.