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Kennedy Green House: Designing an Eco-Healthy Home from the Foundation to the Furniture Hardcover – April 1, 2010
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Robin Wilson is a nationally known eco-friendly and healthy home interior designer focused on sustainable, reusable, recyclable and non-toxic options. Her style is classic with a modern touch, with a focus on unique textures, organic fibers, with background in LEED requirements due to her work on other projects. She has been regularly featured in news (CBS, ABC, PBS, NBC) and print as an expert on eco-friendly options for residential and commercial projects.
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it is interesting. some what informative on the details of building.
i noticed that MARY KENNEDY was no where in this book....
......just the widowed husband
Though better for the environment, green technology is still worse for the pocketbook. The project went over budget, just as the economic crisis was putting strains on the Kennedy family income. In addition, this is a very large project to begin with. The original original building was a summer home for the Scribner family. The residence includes many outbuildings on twelve acres, not counting a pond and woods. When finished, the project cost a million dollars - - not counting the contributions of many sponsors and discounted services from many professionals.
Those professionals expected to get something in return for that investment, and this book is apparently part of that something. It showcases consultants, architect firms, producers and the ecofriendly lines of some global corporations. Some of them, such as a well-known plumbing fixtures company, apparently have some very nice ecofriendly product lines. Even if you don't have a Kennedy family budget, you could learn something about what's available from this book.
Still, the project struck me as a monument to consumerism. Branding matters to the client and certainly to the project team. This isn't a particularly ecofriendly project. The client has elegant design tastes and an opulent lifestyle, all of which burns energy and raw materials. The family has a very large house in the countryside. Presumably they do not have access to public transportation, and they presumably drive everywhere. Their housekeeping staff also has to drive to them, as does the package delivery truck and whatever other services the house receives. Would they have been better off applying all this expertise to an urban townhome?
As this suggest, it's easy to pick apart the "ecofriendly" choices in the family's lifestyle and embedded in the house. The family travels a lot, so they have a separate luggage closet near the elevator for their luggage and other travel supplies. I'll let the reader estimate the carbon footprint of the travel, the luggage, and the separate room just to store the luggage. For what it's worth, the elevator uses recycled vegetable oil as its hydraulic fluid. The house is huge, so it uses a lot more of all materials than the average American home.
My point is *not* to say that they're hypocritical. You could pick apart my environmental choices too. But this team is too self-congratulatory about the technological achievements of the house. They don't examine the overall impact of their lifestyle choices here. Again, compare the eco-friendly mansion in the book to an eco-friendly home in town.
Still, there are lots of ideas for the average middle-class family embarking on a remodeling project - - lighting choices, kitchen choices, bathroom fixtures, and so forth. The book has confirmed our choice of solatube lighting for a planning remodeling project in our house. I'm sure other remodelers can get good ideas here, and residential professionals will probably get lots and lots of ideas.
In addition, the book has excellent production values. I imagine that all the sponsors and contractors have a box of copies that they give out to showcase their achievements. They can be proud of the product, and the book will look good on the tables in their waiting rooms. It advertises their services well.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, or any review at all. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."