An innovative and optimistic look at architecture that hopefully will have a permanent impact on our endangered earth. -- Kirkus Reports, December 1, 2005
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In varying shades of green, Redux features stunning homes that were built or remodeled to be healthier to live in, easier on the environment, more energy efficient and comfortable, and longer lasting than conventionally built homes. Homes showcased span the spectrum of reuse, from places where the recycling story is behind the walls to homes that wear their salvage on their sleeves. Many are eco-sensitive renovations of old or not-so-old houses. Some are green adaptations of buildings or other structures not originally intended to house people. Still others are brand-new homes built with reused materials, from salvaged airplane flaps to discarded billboards. Complete with practical tips and helpful resources, Redux offers a host of solutions for creating a green home with recycled, reused, and environmentally healthy materials. Whether you are remodeling, redecorating, or building from the ground up, you'll find that today's ecological design is diverse, covering the spectrum from cutting edge to traditional, from subtle to in-your-face, from city apartments to suburban dwellings to rural retreats. Jennifer Roberts has spent her career helping people make choices--at home and at work--that are easier on the environment. As a freelance writer and editor she advocates ways in which we can improve our environment and enrich our lives by building better buildings. She has worked as an environmental specialist for a Fortune 500 company and, in the early 1990s, she helped launch San Francisco's first environmental general stores, which introduced consumers to organically grown cotton clothes, energy-efficient lighting, colorful tableware made from recycled materials, and a host of other healthy and environmentally friendly alternatives to everyday household products. Educated at Dartmouth College and Stanford University, she has professional accreditation from LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council program that recognizes expertise in green building practices and principles. She is also the author of Good Green Homes: Creating Better Homes for a Healthier Planet. Roberts lives in San Francisco.