Green from the Ground Up : Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction - A Builder's Guide

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  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 4/1/2008
  • Publisher: Taunton

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Green construction is the building trend of the decade. In direct response to the growing demand for sustainable, healthy, and energy-efficient homes, David Johnston and Scott Gibson present the most forward-thinking theories and the best proven methods of new and remodeled green construction. They begin with down-to-earth explanations of green building basics and move on to site planning, materials selection, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality-detailing along the way every step in design and construction, from framing to finishes.

Author Biography

Nationally recognized green building expert, author, and lecturer David Johnston has been a leading thinker behind the green building movement. He created the first green remodeling program in the country and his approach to green building has been embraced by cities, building professionals, and sustainability advocates nationwide. Johnston has represented the United States internationally to develop international research agreements on sustainable construction. He designed the Denver Metro Home Builders Association's Built Green Program and the Boulder Build Green Program. What's Working, Inc., the company he founded, has offices in California and Colorado.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 2
Green Building Basicsp. 5
Green Is No Longer on the Fringep. 6
Lots of Green, Few Common Standardsp. 8
Dealing with the World around Usp. 13
The House as a Systemp. 23
How Heat Is Transferredp. 24
Thermal Transmissionp. 26
Controlling Heat Flowp. 28
Air Leakagep. 29
Air Barriersp. 31
Airflow Mechanismsp. 32
Tight Houses Need Ventilationp. 34
The Many Faces of Waterp. 35
Controlling Sound Transmissionp. 38
Putting It All Togetherp. 40
Planning and Designp. 43
Get the Team on Boardp. 44
Siting a House for Comfortp. 46
Planning for Water Managementp. 64
Foundationsp. 67
Foundations Should Be Insulatedp. 69
Forming Foundations with Woodp. 78
Improving Concrete with Fly Ashp. 79
Controlling Moisture around Foundationsp. 80
Make Crawl Spaces Generousp. 81
Framingp. 83
Advanced Framing Reduces Wastep. 84
We Have Tree Farms, Not Forestsp. 89
Engineered Lumber Makes Sensep. 96
Using Steel Studs with Recycled Contentp. 99
Structural Insulated Panels Are Fastp. 101
Timber-Frame Constructionp. 106
Roofs and Atticsp. 109
Frame with Trussesp. 110
Attic Ductworkp. 111
Superinsulated Attics and Roofsp. 114
Stopping Air Leaks at the Ceilingp. 115
Sheathing and Roof Membranesp. 118
Roofing Materialsp. 120
Light Colors Reduce Heat Gainp. 126
Really Green Roofsp. 127
Windows and Doorsp. 129
Window Framesp. 133
Glazingp. 137
Preventing Air and Water Leaksp. 144
Insulating Windows Themselvesp. 148
Skylights and Light Tubesp. 148
Doorsp. 149
Plumbingp. 155
Distributing Hot Water Efficientlyp. 156
Water Heatersp. 159
Eliminating the Wait for Hot Waterp. 162
Insulate All Hot Water Pipesp. 164
Saving Water by Reducing Flowp. 166
Plumbing for Gray Waterp. 168
Appliances That Savep. 170
Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioningp. 173
Designing a Systemp. 174
Forced-Air Systemsp. 175
Radiant Systemsp. 182
Heating Appliancesp. 184
Geothermal Systemsp. 187
Ventilationp. 189
Coolingp. 192
Electricalp. 197
What Drives Demand?p. 198
Lightingp. 199
Lighting Designp. 201
Energy-Efficient Appliancesp. 203
Electric Heatingp. 204
Solar and Windp. 204
Insulationp. 207
Old Assumptions Don't Workp. 209
Form Follows Functionp. 210
Making Sense of Insulation Choicesp. 213
Loose-Fill Insulationp. 218
Spray-In Insulationp. 220
Rigid Foamp. 222
Radiant Barriersp. 226
Siding and Deckingp. 227
Drainage Planesp. 228
Siding Materialsp. 233
Deckingp. 242
Solar Energyp. 251
Solar Hot Waterp. 253
Solar Collectorsp. 258
Active Solar Space Heatingp. 260
Photovoltaicsp. 262
Indoor Air Qualityp. 273
Setting Standards for Exposurep. 274
Contaminants and Their Impact on Healthp. 275
Building Products That Off-Gasp. 280
The Cure for Dirty Airp. 282
Interior Finishesp. 287
Choosing Environmentally Friendly Productsp. 287
Drywallp. 291
Paints, Finishes, and Adhesivesp. 293
Interior Cabinetsp. 295
Countertopsp. 297
Green Flooringp. 303
Landscapingp. 311
Evaluate Site and Climatep. 312
Working with What's Therep. 315
Integrated Pest Managementp. 321
Afterwordp. 322
Resourcesp. 326
Creditsp. 327
Indexp. 328
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