The Northwest Green Home Primer

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Any building should provide shelter from the elements. Witht a green home, we ask for more.

Everyone can make green home decisions on a budget with this inspiring, information-packed guide. Whether you are building, remodeling, buying, or just curious, here are real-world strategies for getting the greenest results from your budget, with hundreds of ideas for a home that is built to last, comfortable and healthy, money- and time-saving to maintain in the long term, and kind to ...

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Overview

Any building should provide shelter from the elements. Witht a green home, we ask for more.

Everyone can make green home decisions on a budget with this inspiring, information-packed guide. Whether you are building, remodeling, buying, or just curious, here are real-world strategies for getting the greenest results from your budget, with hundreds of ideas for a home that is built to last, comfortable and healthy, money- and time-saving to maintain in the long term, and kind to the planet. This basic training manual will help novice and professional alike to:

  • evaluate options and tradeoffs
  • create your own green home wish list
  • manage green home projects
  • apply solutions that are best for the Northwest
  • create and maintain an energy- and water-efficient, healthy home
In this pioneering book, Kathleen O'Brien and Kathleen Smith provide the sort of intelligent, thoughtful, experienced insights that—if followed—will ensure that we make the right choices. Certainly, anyone considering bulding, remodeling, or buying a green home should have this book. Those developing and redeveloping neighborhoods and communities should also take a look. And finally, it should be on the desk of every mayor, urban planner, and architect in the region.
From the foreword by Denis Hayes

Award-winning sustainable design and building consultant and teacher Kathleen O'Brien and architectural designer and sustainability consultant Kathleen smith offer advice that is both down-to-earth and cutting edge, with regional examples from new and renovated green homes.

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Editorial Reviews

Northwest Examiner
"The tone of the book is targeted for lay people, to show that anyone can make ‘green home’ decisions, even on a budget. The book provides guidance and resources for people buying, building, or remodeling a green home, providing a unique perspective that includes an in-depth description of the process of getting a green home."
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"The tone of the book is targeted for lay people, to show that anyone can make ‘green home’ decisions, even on a budget. The book provides guidance and resources for people buying, building, or remodeling a green home, providing a unique perspective that includes an in-depth description of the process of getting a green home."
Library Journal

The authors, both experienced in green design, provide an extensive handbook for newly constructing or remodeling a home following the principles of green design, defined here as build less, build to use less, build with less, and build for health. Although the focus is on construction in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia, the comprehensiveness of the information needed when building green-e.g., using sustainable materials, choosing workers with environmentally sensitive work habits-and the extensive list of resource make this book valuable for any area. Case studies give real-life views of how homeowners are working with architects, designers, and builders to apply the principles of green design to suit their needs. Highly recommended for public and professional libraries.
—Gayle A. Williamson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881927979
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Smith is an architectural designer who runs her own sustainable design and consulting firm.

Kathleen O'Brien is founder and president of O’Brien & Company, a nationally recognized leader in sustainable design-build consulting, education, and research.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Denis Hayes     8
Preface     10
Acknowledgments     13
The Case for Green Building     15
Starting Out with Green in Mind     29
Managing Your Green Home Project, Part 1     57
Managing Your Green Home Project, Part 2     79
Green Energy Choices for the Northwest     99
Planning a Green Remodel     111
Purchasing a New Green Home     129
Site Choices     141
The Building Enclosure     167
Operating Systems for Your Home     205
Interiors     237
Operations and Maintenance     259
Resources     273
References     288
Index     293
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