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Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction (Go Green with Renewable Energy Resources) 1st Edition

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"If you are thinking about creating a course in green home building, this book is for you. Students are tired of the same recycled photographs from the 1970's. This book's contemporary photographs and figures will excite your students about the possibility of building green homes."Richard Bruce, Department of Technology & Construction Management, Missouri State University

"According to my knowledge, this book is the most comprehensive treatment on the subject of green building in residential construction. It achieves an excellent balance between principles and real-world practice. The "best practice" approach (i.e. integrating of green principles with existing design/construction practices) as well as the attention to construction issues are excellent. The book is not only valuable for college faculty and students in architecture, engineering, landscape, interior design and construction, but also as a reference for industry practitioners (owners/buyers, architects, engineers, contractors, and building department officials etc.)"Lingguang Song, Ph.D, Department of Construction Management, University of Houston

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Abe Kruger is a certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) building analyst and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) trainer and rater, as well as an active member of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) National Technical Committee. He has conducted energy-efficiency and conservation training for builders, renovators, home inspectors, contractors, and homeowners around the country. Mr. Kruger provides green building training and presentations at regional and national conferences, including RESNET, Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI), Green Prints, and Green Build, and he is accredited to perform EarthCraft House, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes, and ENERGY STAR certifications. Mr. Kruger also assists with designing, implementing, and evaluating utility-run energy-efficiency programs. In 2009, Mr. Kruger founded Kruger Sustainability Group (KSG) to provide green building training, consulting, and curriculum development for colleges, companies, and nonprofit organizations.

Carl Seville has honed his expertise in sustainable construction through over 30 years as a remodeling contractor, educator, and consultant in the residential construction industry. His groundbreaking work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Excellence Award for Green Homes from Residential Design Build Magazine (2008), the Energy Value Housing Award (2009), two Green Remodeling Advocate of the Year Awards (2005, 2007), two National Green Building Awards (2004, 2006), the Southface Energy Institute Award of Excellence for Environmental Stewardship (2003), and the EarthCraft House Leadership award (2006). Mr. Seville is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) building analyst, a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) certified trainer, and a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater, and he holds the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP Homes and Green Rater designations.
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Product Details

  • Series: Go Green with Renewable Energy Resources
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111135959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111135959
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am familiar with Carl Seville's writing as the "Green Curmudgeon" at GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, appreciate his practiced pragmatism, and was excited to learn he (and co-author Abe Kruger) had authored a book. Even so, I sweated over the price tag for a few days before pulling the trigger. Man, was it worth it and then some.

The book arrived a couple weeks ago, and I'm still pouring through it. Want some thoughtful insight on AAC? Check. Need more info on xeriscaping and drought tolerant plants? Check. Tips for avoiding phantom loads? Check. Detailed illustrations clearly describing extreme advanced faming techniques? Check. It's all here, including an excellent index and a thorough glossary. Highly recommended for the architect, the builder, the remodeler, and the student.
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I've loved Carl Seville as The Green Curmudgeon for some time. Oh, and besides that, how can't I love a book co-authored by someone named Abe? But beyond that, there is the wealth of knowledge in this book.

It reads somewhat like a textbook, and that is exactly how you can use it. If you are unfamiliar with green building and need a starting point, this is it. Or, if you already know a lot about it and want to know how to implement some things -- take it to the next level -- look up that specific subject, and you will find the help that you need!
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The book is well written, easy to follow, and offers a great overview and detail of Green Building principles. Information contained in the book is useful to builders, consumers, and even policy makers. The book starts off with giving the reader a brief history of green building, to include information on green initiatives and different certifications available. The book mainly provides guidelines for design and construction of green residences - electrical, mechanical/HVAC, civil/structural/framework, site selection, material sourcing, fenestration, finishes, etc. What I like about the book is that it also features industry practitioners' experience with green residences, giving us their insights and best-practice systems & processes that we can easily follow. The diagrams contained in the book are VERY helpful.

Also, I've had the pleasure of having the authors teach my class for Green Building at Georgia Tech's Building Construction Program. They're both highly proficient in the green field and they really believe in what they teach.
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This is the best book I have personally seen with excellent easy to follow text and illustrations. This should be required reading for all architectural students and those going into building trades and later building structures which will require building permits. Many existing architects that lack the understanding could also benefit.

Nice job!
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I'm a green builder who builds primarily straw bale small homes in the desert west, and this is a great addition to my construction and materials availability knowledge. Great tips in here for lay people as well as pros.
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