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Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder's Guide) Paperback – April 1, 2008
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"A refreshing and comprehensive step-by-step course in green building, packed with both solid building science and common sense solutions."
-Helen English, executive director of Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
""Green From the Ground Up" overflows with details and practical content that is hard to find anywhere else...an essential resource for any building professional that will be a valuable reference tool for years to come."
-Brian Gitt, CEO of Build It Green
"Within 5 to 10 years, all contractors will need to know how to execute a green remodel. From framing and foundations to plumbing and interior finishes, "Green From the Ground Up" puts that information in our hands."
-Dan Taddei, director of education, National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Labelled a Builder's Guide, this book is the next step up from the Dummies tome. It's written for builders and architects, but is a valuable resource for the advanced DIY person or the homeowner who wants to talk turkey with the pros on eco-friendly construction and energy efficiency. Topics range from selecting your building site and landscaping to tankless hot water systems and the insulating value of different window frame materials. --Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
"Eco-friendly housing used to be thought of as expensive, ugly or just plain weird. Now it's becoming common. David Johnston and Scott Gibson offer guidance on environmentally sensitive home building in Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction. The book helps builders and homeowners create houses that conserve natural resources and are energy-efficient and healthful. It's packed with information, tips, illustrations and case studies that offer wisdom earned from experience."
Top customer reviews
Every chapter consists of introduction, best practices, tips and details to pay attention for. There is no text verbose, chapters are short but thorough.
The book is good illustrated though at first glance illustrates looked obstructive as they break the text flow.
The only thing I wish is the 2nd edition, there can be a progress in building materials and heating technologies since 2008, when the book was published.
This book is written mostly for cold climates, vice hot climates. It has a lot of high level knowledge about a house and the systems that can be utilized for efficiency. I ignored the parts that dealt with global warming and energy running out, as they are not really important to how the house should be designed and built.
They have done an excellent job of looking at what can be done today, and what makes sense to do in building a house. They seem to be more aimed at temperate and cold climates in the USA, and do not pay as much attention to hot climates, and what can be done in a hot climate to keep the place cool. In particular, what to do about windows, and house orientation etc. In temperate and cold climates, having lots of south facing windows and the thermal mass for the winter time makes sense. What are their recommendations for hot climates, where solar heating is not really needed in the house, except perhaps for a short period in the winter time? Good job. Interesting and informative book with lots of illustrations and photographs.