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  • Actors: Kevin Contreras
  • Directors: Tippy Bushkin
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015LPRRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Building Green is pioneering and entertaining television with an eco-friendly twist, on a mission is to inspire viewers to discover just how easy, cost-effective and healthy it can be to go green, and to dispel myths about environmentally-conscious lifestyles. Host Kevin Contreras leads an interactive exploration of green building techniques and alternatives, from the eye-popping extreme to the green mainstream, all while demonstrating that healthy choices don t mean sacrificing style or comfort.Follow the step-by-step construction of Kevin s green dream home in Santa Barbara, with practical advice and expert guidance on a range of topics like straw bale construction, breathable paints, blue jean insulation and much more. Signature weekly segments like Inside the Design, Saving Green, and The Green Extreme feature visits from leading experts and hands-on instructions. The final result is a Zen modernist house that is not only earthquake safe and energy efficient, but an exquisite example of the art of the eco-possible a healthier home that leaves a lighter footprint and a brighter legacy.This set includes all 13 episodes from Season 1: Breaking ground, The Foundation, Framing and Roofing, Straw Bales, Doors and Windows, Exterior Finishes, Interior Finishes, Floors and Closets,Lighting, Water, Landscaping, Interior Design, and The Grand Finale.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Waddell on May 1, 2008
My wife and I loved this video and it was the defining information that showed us we can build our new home healthy and cost effective at the same time.

Even if you are not building a new home... there are lots of great tips and ideas to make your current home more healthy and better in tune with the planet.

It covered everything in short segments that made it easy to understand and it did a pretty good job of showing the work, the time involved as well as costs comparisons with traditional building processes.

Our only real complaint was that it spent too much time reviewing and repeating things that had already been covered. I suppose that's needed in a series that was originally aired weekly, but the time could have much better been spent on the electrical and plumbing aspects that were only breezed over.

If you know little to nothing about green building and it's possibilities... this is a perfect place to get the basics in a well organized start to finish process.

Wes and Kathy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Whitehouse on October 19, 2009
This is definitely one of the best green building DVDs out there. They do a fabulous job of walking you through a, granted large, residential home build and look carefully at each element that goes into the house, options available, cost comparisons and include aesthetics, longevity and functionality. Its informative, educational and a great reference tool if you are attempting any kind of green project on your home. They are realistic about the costs of some options and the size of the house, and when 100% green isn't an option, they are careful to point that out. They are responsible in their presentation of information and yet the entire series is entertaining to watch and gets you motivated to take action.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone interested in learning about the options out there for greening their remodel or building from scratch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clamdigger on February 1, 2010
I happened to catch a bit of this film on PBS and then went online to track down the rest of it. It is well worth watching.

Now I happen to be a technologist by trade - computers, mostly, including those embedded in everyday items we all use - and something of a "futurist" in outlook. I haven't (yet) bought into the MMGW frenzy - too many cult-like aspects for my taste, and too many suspiciously overblown, still-arguable theories being promoted as gospel by primarily political interests - but I nevertheless have a great interest in "sustainable" resource management, building and engineering of all kinds... and this film played to me quite well.

The film is not a "greener than thou" sermon on how we humans are somehow obligated to roll back everything that's happened since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution or, at the very least, deny anyone still in the developing world a future similar to the lifestyles now enjoyed in the USA, Western Europe and Japan. It is most certainly NOT a Luddite rant against "concrete and steel"... or the energy use and engineering which created the developed world's present health, comfort, mobility and abundance.

What the film IS is a survey of alternative technologies and engineering - some rather "retro", though rediscovered, appropriate and implemented in creative ways - which could reduce, or even reverse, man's negative impacts on his environment. It looks at "wiser use" of our scientific and technical abilities, and a hopeful sort of "conservation without deprivation"... and it claims that a Green future does not necessarily entail returning to a pre-industrial life.

If you hate technology, if you think humans should be coerced into returning to some Age in the distant past, or just die out completely...
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By Lilly Rider on February 11, 2014
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This was pretty informative about the steps that go into building a straw bale home. I've integrated this into my drafting class, and it has captured the students imagination. It is great to have high school kids interested in building.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kotek on February 9, 2009
The ideas are great, however I wouldn't put "green" in the title. Some of the choice of materials isn't green, but what bothered me the most is the size of the house that was built as green. You can't build a castle and still call it green! The use of steal and concrete isn't green either.
It wasn't all bad. There was some useful information so I gave it 2 stars.
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