Eric Corey Freed teaches sustainable design at the Academy of Art University and the University of Claifornia, Berkeley. He sits on the board of numerous environmentally focused nonprofits and museums.
Green Building and Remodeling For Dummiesby Eric Corey Freed
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Want to build responsibly, reduce waste, and help preserve the environment? Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies is your friendly, step-by-step guide to every facet of this Earth-friendly method of construction. Building a home—even a green home—uses plenty of resources and energy. This practical, hands-on book shows you how to build or remodel conscientiously, whether your dream home is a simple remodel or a brand-new multimillion-dollar mansion.
You’ll start by identifying green materials and sizing up potential systems and construction sites. You’ll weigh the pros and cons of popular green building methods and identify opportunities for saving money in the long run. Need to find some green professionals to assist you in your venture? We’ll help you do that, too. This book will also help you discover how to:
- Understand the lifecycle of building materials
- Choose the right system for your green building project
- Put together a green team
- Work within your budget
- Use green building methods and sustainable systems
- Speed construction and reduce energy use and waste
- Refinish old fixtures and materials
- Beware of asbestos and lead-paint hazards
- Avoid costly mistakes
Complete with lists of ten green things to do on every project and ten things you can do right now in your home in order to go green, Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies is your one-stop guide to planning and building the home you’ve always wanted.
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GREEN BUILDING AND REMODELING FOR DUMMIES is a one-stop shop on greening homes and lots. Author Eric Freed's book is twice my preferred length of 150 pages. But he goes through all the choices in building, maintaining, and landscaping homes that respect resident health and environmental well-being. All 18 chapters are clearly written and nicely organized. But my favorite sections are his sound recommendations on landscaping, and on top 10 materials to use and projects to do right away. He ends with a helpful appendix on green suppliers, quality control, and paybacks. And it's easy to go back through the book, time and time again, because of the equally helpful index.
Green architect Eric Corey Freed knows his stuff and it shows in Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies. Freed makes green buiding and remodeling approachable and very doable. I like the checklists throughout the book and the perfect green rooms, both of which make understanding the big picture easy. Freed does an excellant job in explaining the advantages of building green for the health of the occupants and the environment. If you've ever wondered what the true environmental cost of a particular product is, Freed does a great job of explaining it in 'the life cycle of materials from cradle to grave.' If you didn't 'get' greeen before, this section will show you how important it is to look at the entire life cycle of a product to determine how green--or not--a particular product is. I also liked the handy list of green material substitutes which make purchasing very easy. The book was very readable and concise and even fun to read. I highly recommend it.