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Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It's Broken, How To Fix It Paperback – August 6, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1111313821 ISBN-10: 1111313822 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (August 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1111313822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1111313821
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,254,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introduction: Housing...It's Personal. 1. A Learning Moment Inspired by Crisis. 2. Housing Land Development: Livable Communities vs. Compounds. 3. Housing Design: Design Trumps Everything. 4. Home Performance: Why Homes Work and Fail. 5. Housing Production: It's Time to Stop Protecting Old Technologies. 6. Housing Sales: Better is Not Good Enough. 7. Recommendations: Putting it All Together. Epilog: A Little Development in Texas.

About the Author

Mr. Rashkin has managed ENERGY STAR for Homes since its start in 1996. Under his leadership, ENERGY STAR for Homes has grown exponentially to more than 9,000 builder partners and over one million labeled homes. He is also overseeing an advanced technology program for elite builders called ENERGY STAR Concept Home. Mr. Rashkin received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University; and is a registered architect in California and New York. During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC's LEED for Homes NAHB's Green Builder Guidelines and EPA's Water Sense label and has been on the development team for EPA's Indoor airPlus label. Sam has prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports and seminars; and contributed to numerous books and websites covering a wide range of energy subjects.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Gregor on November 28, 2011
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A well thought out workbook on how the American Dream has become the American Nightmare. Home building has always been art combined with craft. When it became an industry something important was lost. Sam Rashkin has done a masterful job at sharpening the saw and other tools necessary to create a sustainable home building process for the future of humankind.
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By Wanza Bates on June 30, 2013
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Intelligence definitely worth the price. Well written, easily understood. Concepts explained well. I hope I'm able to bring these concepts to market.
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An amazing and thought provoking record of what's gone wrong in the housing industry. Sam's "Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry", plain English narrative of where we've been, are now and how to fix it should be required reading for all builders and design professionals, HIC registration holders and authorities having jurisdiction. I for one truly believe that the trade professional wants to do exemplary work but lacks the proper training or knowledge of where to obtain such expertise. I promise to do my part at spreading Sam's words, our very quality of living depends upon it!
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Well written discussion of what is wrong with a lot of homes built in the last 25 years, and how to fix it. Excellent advice on energy efficient methods to incorproate into your home, as well as making your home healthier to live in.
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