- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Green Building Press; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976491133
- ISBN-13: 978-0976491132
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In Energy Free, Ann Edminster brings her wisdom and clarity to the issue of net-zero-energy homes. With so much attention being paid to energy savings and reduction of carbon emissions, we need a book like this that helps us sort through the confusing technologies, claims, and economics to create homes that are better for the planet and better for your budget."--Alex Wilson, Executive Editor, Environmental Building News and BuildingGreen.com
About the Author
Ann Edminster, M.Arch., LEED AP, is a recognized national expert on green home design and construction. She is a principal author of the LEED for Homes Rating System and consults to builders, homeowners, developers, supply-chain clients, design firms, utilities, investors, and public agencies. Ann sits on the advisory boards of several private companies. She lives in Pacifica, California.
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I am planning on building a house in a near future, and this book will be very useful in that process.
First, I will mention that it does not cover houses that are planned to be off the grid. Secondly, it is U.S. - centered (considering building and energy legislative, shown examples etc.)
It's idea is to familiarize the (future) owner of every aspect of energy free object... From thinking out how to plan to build it, what it takes to make it real, and how to live in such a home. It shows a whole picture, but the details are left to be worked out by other sources - intentionally.
I thought to have had some idea of how passive homes worked out, but I was wrong. Author showed me that there is much and more to think about when going into a project of this kind. It is a complex project - multidisciplinary, requiering sound conceptual idea, sound engeenered plans, and high degree of professional construction. But result is great! And here are some good advice of how to be in control of every apect of its transition from dream to reality.
It does not go deeply into any covered topic, but it explains it enough to familiarize reader with its relation to energy-free building, used technical language, and provide some examples of how it actually works. It also adresses useful links to web and printed resources, so it is easy to gather more accurate information.
All in all, I would reccomend it to anyone interested in energy free buildings and way of life, especially if he/she is located in U.S. - as it is it's targeted market.