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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865714983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865714984
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a must-have book for anyone about to build a new home or remodel." - Vancouver Sun, Saturday December 4th, 2004. --Vancouver Sun, Saturday December 4th, 2004

About the Author

David Johnston has been developing green building programs for the last 10 years. Named one of the top 50 remodelers in the country by Remodeling Magazine in 1990, he developed the first green remodeling program in the country in Boulder, Colorado, trains remodelers across the US, and is creating a national green certification program for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. He is President of What's Working and Lightworks Construction, Inc.. Kim Master is a Green Building Consultant and Senior Associate with What's Working. She was previously Ecommerce/Project Manager with Care2.com, the largest environmental website for healthy living and a healthy planet. Both are from Boulder, Colorado.

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David Johnston has been at the center of the green building movement for more than three decades. In the 1970s and 80s Johnston established himself as a leader in passive solar design and construction. In 1980 Johnston founded the Passive Solar Industries Council and consulted with the US Department of Energy.
His award-winning Lightworks Construction, for ten years led the DC market solar design and construction.

In the early 90s, Johnston founded his international green building consulting and training firm, What's Working. Johnston's innovative theories about how to catalyze the transformation of the building industry became the blueprints for the Denver Built Green and California Build It Green programs. Particularly adept at generating green building guidelines, Johnston's work has guided master planned communities in Denver, Boulder, Sacramento, San Diego, Phoenix, and Durango, CO.

An authoritative source for green building education, Johnston has trained thousands of builders and industry professionals. Johnston has written three books: Building Green in a Black and White World (2000), Green Remodeling, Changing the World One Room at a Time (2004), and Green From the Ground Up (2008). His most recent work is Taunton Press' best seller since its release. His new book, Toward a Zero Energy Home is in its second printing after only two months on the market.

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A good reference book for any contractor new to green building.
Daniel Stih
Great book, covers vast majority of important topics, and written by ex-contractor with real-world experience and building knowledge.
L. Rovero
This is a problem with the industry where 'green" is mixed with energy efficient is mixed with minimalism etc.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By atomic1824 on August 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
I didn't read it cover to cover but it was not the type of book to be read like that. All in all I'd say it does a good job covering what is a pretty broad topic; there are so many "green" strategies out there and it is hard to discuss them all. I thought it did a good job on the three or so different main categories and it connected them back to the common denominator. Save, protect, and preserve natural resources. It covers site and land usage, energy and water conservation, and interior and exterior material usage. The author took the difficult path of trying to sell `green' building as potentially cost effective, whereas in reality I think it is important to realize that capital costs will definitely be higher and it is hard to predict/confirm short term viable pay-backs. Once you put a value on your conscience and the long term big picture it makes obvious sense, reasonable pay-backs are definitely attainable but they come from diligent work and coordinated evaluation and integration.

The author's section describing his own `Green Remodeling' projects was a great introduction in general to the integrated design/build process especially for people who are not accustomed to the ebb and flow of a construction project. His `green' strategies won't necessarily work for all of us, but I think he makes that clear too, the more significant thing to take from this section is the mentality of patience and acceptance that it will take to stay focused on and achieve your goals as an owner.

He did a good job describing and detailing a huge portion of all the `green' building approaches, including all kinds of energy efficient systems, ways to address occupant comfort and health, and how to ponder and address social and environmental responsibility in every design decision.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Bill on October 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book has been my constant companion during my remodel. I have even passed it on to several architects who have used it on recent projects. It is clearly written, and has been a terrific aid through a rather complicated remodeling process.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Cook Winston on October 25, 2004
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I'm a building contractor, therefore I appreciate that this book covers every aspect of Green Building in a way that I can look up easily. The lay out is simple and readable, yet it dosen't "Dumb Down" the important building concepts. I've yet to find a Green Building book this in-depth in my 25 years in the industry!

Winston Cook

Fresno, Ca
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey on October 28, 2004
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I have been trying to remodeling my house for several years and have been using many different resources learning how to "green" my home. "Green Remodeling" has the most practical and useful information of any book I have come across on the subject. This book has been incredibly helpful to me and I recommend it to anyone who needs information on how to best use environmental products and methods.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By james gyre on May 31, 2007
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this book was well written and fairly clear, even to me as a building novice. i was fairly disappointed, though, at how many of the green approaches seemed to focus on expensive, high-tech commercial green materials. i was hoping for a lot more on how to integrate traditional and very basic do-it-yourself techniques such as recycling used materials, mud plastering, simple greywater systems, and so on into existing buildings. in the end, i could hardly use any of the information in this book because i couldn't afford the materials. if you have the money, though, and are hoping for a very polished and professional look, you will probably enjoy this book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By greenie227 on January 21, 2007
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This book really shaped how I went about renovating my house. Although I wasn't able to incorporate as much as I had hope, due to budget constraints, this book opened my eyes to considerations I didn't know existed. It's easy to look at solar or wind power, bamboo flooring and recycled tiles to go green; this book goes through a house piecemeal to explain concerns on every level for a much more thorough discussion of renovating green. Extremely helpful.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Lara on October 28, 2004
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I am an architect who in the last five years has been becoming more involved with sustainable architecture. I found "Green Building" to be a great resource in my office. After reading "Green Remodeling," I feel I have a better understanding of the newer methods of sustainable design/building that are imperitive to architecture in the future. Great job!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By LewisP on March 8, 2007
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I read the book from start to finish but found myself skipping over many passages of repeated information. Although the information provided was useful, the same exact info. is rehashed many times in the same chapter and throughout the book. The book format may have something to do with that with it's many recaps and review.

Good basic introduction to the green industry with much information.
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