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Good Green Homes: Creating Better Homes for a Healthier Planet Hardcover – September 29, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; 1 edition (September 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586851799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586851798
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With photograph after photograph of I-wanna-live-there domiciles to lust after, Good Green Homes is loaded with inspiration. But it's also a solid reference guide as well, complete with a glossary of terms (impress your friends by throwing around terms like "hydronic radiant-floor heating system") and a list of published and Web resources. (Liz Stevens Fort Worth Star-Telegram 2003-11-01)

Good green homes can be any color, and are more mainstream by the minute. Robert teaches the reader all about sustainable building for a healthier planet via tours of real-world living spaces. A good glossary is included. (Judy Walker New Orleans Times-Picayune 2003-10-31)

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With striking photographs and compelling profiles of real homes that are making a difference, Good Green Homes celebrates the ways in which we can create places that are gorgeous, livable, and more environmentally responsible. From a delightful cottage, an eco-friendly addition to an historic home, a trio of healthy and green city homes, an artist's studio on a wooded island, a vacation retreat in the wine country, a neighborhood of homes that are small in size but large in spirit, a resourcefully remodeled Victorian flat, and more, the homes provide an inspiring array of today's sustainable building movement. Whether you plan to redecorate, remodel, move into a new home, or build a house from the ground up, Good Green Homes offers ideas, inspiration, and real-world advice to get you started. And it's easier than you may think. Creating a green home doesn't require adhering to a particular architectural style or following a set of rigid rules. Good green homes simply mean better homes-homes remodeled or built to save energy and resources, homes that enhance our well-being rather than sap our strength, homes that honor the natural abundance and beauty that surrounds us. Good Green Homes lays out the principles of green building, from choosing a right-sized home to taking charge of the energy we use to selecting products that will keep our homes healthy, and more. It offers a wealth of practical suggestions for how we can start making changes that will put us on the road to a healthier and more environmentally sustainable future.

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Jennifer Roberts is the author of Good Green Kitchens, Good Green Homes, and Redux: Designs That Reuse, Recycle , and Reveal. As a writer, lecturer and consultant, she specializes in ways in which we can improve our environment and enrich our lives by building better buildings and making smarter choices at home and at work. She has written about green buildings and healthy living for publications as varied as Dwell, Professional Builder, Body + Soul and The Financial Times of London. She holds a certificate in urban permaculture design and has professional accreditation from LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council program that recognizes expertise in green building practices. She lives in San Francisco with her partner, their dog, and four chickens. Visit her website at www.jenniferroberts.com.

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Noah B. Lieb on October 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book no doubt makes a lovely addition to my coffee table. I feel so inspired and now.. how do I do it?? I was looking for more practical advice that addressed all my reasons for wanting to remodel green - protecting my family's health and our planet's natural resources and my financial savings. If the intention was to create a stunning, inspiring book - great job. If it was to really explain what green is and exactly how to do it, I think I'd look to books like "Green Remodeling" by Johnston and Master or read Environmental Building News....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Louis Nuyens on October 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
First, this book is beautiful!!
Second, it really does what it says -- it shows remarkably beautiful, remarkably 'normal' looking houses that incorporate earth-friendly materials, techniques and technologies.
It is great fun to sift through for ideas about that next remodel and that someday dream home.
I hope that building professionals read it, too -- it dispells a lot of myths about what one must sacrifice in order to have an environmentally-friendly home.
This book is a great combination of lovely to look at and a fascinating reference to read. I plan to have mine out for a while, for myself and (while I've never been one for coffee table books) for any friends who come over!
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"A recent poll revealed that an astounding 96% of consumers are willing to pay more for green features in a home, and 91% feel that energy-efficient features in a new home were extremely or very important."

If you are planning to redecorate or remodel, Good Green Homes offers ideas, real-world advice and lots of inspiration. Jennifer Roberts is a freelance writer who specializes in sustainable building, energy efficiency and corporate social responsibility. She helps people make choices that encourage positive change in their living environments. She answers the following questions:

How does having a "green" home actually save money?
How can someone who rents their home make significant changes?
What are some ways to protect and improve the quality of air inside our homes?
What are "rapidly renewable sources?"
How can you afford a green home on a limited budget?

Jennifer is also a merchandising manager for the Marina Green stores and joys introducing consumers to the joys of stylish clothes made from organically grown cotton, healthy paints, energy-efficient light bulbs, tableware made from recycled materials and environmentally friendly alternatives to everyday household products.

Featured Homes Include:

A Delightful Cottage
An Ecofriendly addition to a historic home
A Trio of Healthy and Green City Homes
An Artist's studio on a Wooded Island
A Vacation Retreat in the Wine Country
A Neighborhood of Homes
A Remodeled Victorian Flat

It is rather shocking to learn that the air inside our homes can be five times more polluted than the air outside. One look at your energy bill might convince you to read this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Lee on July 11, 2006
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Doesn't give a detailed analysis of anything, but is a great tool for people wanting a basic understanding of green building, energy efficient techniques, etc.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. Beaudoin on January 18, 2007
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This is an excellent book for those seeking an introduction to environmentally sound home building. There are many good general points and examples of green homes. It is short on details for actual designers but good for home builders who need to read this information desperately and stop building mega-mansions with 5 bedrooms for families with one kid.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JCB on October 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Whether you're building a home, remodeling a home or just want to do your part in making your apartment a little greener, you should pick up this book. Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous to look at, you will find it full of really simple but effective ways to make your home greener. Jennifer Roberts has transformed formerly arcane green building principles into solutions and ideas that almost anyone can incorprate into their homes. Her message is that everyone can take small steps toward greener homes. If everyone took one small step, imagine how much cleaner and greener our world would be. Reading this book should be your first small step.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book! I am planning to remodel my arts and crafts bungalow, and I want the remodel to be as green as possible. I read Ms. Roberts' book from cover to cover and found it to be more than helpful. It was informative, fun to read and the pictures are beautiful. I highly recommend it.
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