9780071499095

Greening Your Home Sustainable Options for Every System In Your House

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    9780071499095

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    0071499091

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-06-06
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Summary

"go green" with cleaner, more energy-efficient homes Armed with this timely resource, you can improve the quality of air, water, heating, lighting, and ventilation of your home by making energy-efficient, environmentally- sound choices. Greening Your Home covers the latest green building options and shows how to select the ones that best match varied budgets and lifestyles. Inspirational and instructional content including photos and other visual aids gives you the tools you need to select the appropriate systems and materials as well as conserve resources for a cleaner, more energy-efficient home.

Author Biography

Clayton Bennett has more than 15years experience as an author and editor specializing in homeimprovement and environmental topics. He has co-authoredtwo prior books and has contributed to numerous print andonline publications.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
Material Changes
Environmental Impactp. 3
Getting More from Lessp. 3
Making a Sandwichp. 3
Choosing Ingredientsp. 4
Features and Advantagesp. 4
Using Structural Insulated Panelsp. 5
Putting It Togetherp. 6
Resourcesp. 6
Health Impactp. 7
Covering the Wallsp. 7
Changing the Formulap. 7
Clearing the Airp. 8
Comparing Productsp. 9
Other Surface Treatmentsp. 9
Resourcesp. 10
Availabilityp. 11
Setting Prioritiesp. 11
Seeing the Benefitsp. 11
Common Featuresp. 12
Estimating the Costsp. 13
Comparing Productsp. 13
Measuring Performancep. 14
Resourcesp. 15
Maintenancep. 17
Reducing Operating Costsp. 17
Using Common Termsp. 17
Adding Up the Pointsp. 19
Comparing Featuresp. 19
Resourcesp. 20
Durabilityp. 21
Making Sound Investmentsp. 21
Controlling Light and Heatp. 21
Other Environmental Benefitsp. 22
Exterior and Interior Usesp. 23
Designing with Glass Blockp. 24
Sustainabilityp. 25
Building Better Blocksp. 25
Trash into Treasurep. 26
Properties of Fly Ashp. 26
Benefits of Using Fly Ashp. 27
Who Uses Fly Ash Concretep. 28
Resourcesp. 28
Renewabilityp. 29
Sustaining Growthp. 29
About Corkp. 29
Cork Floor Coveringsp. 30
About Bamboop. 31
Bamboo Floor Coveringsp. 31
Buying Tipsp. 32
Recyclabilityp. 33
Creating New Standardsp. 33
About PEXp. 34
Finding and Buying PEXp. 35
Using PEXp. 35
About Polypropylenep. 36
Simplicityp. 37
Following Traditionp. 37
Benefits of Using Cedarp. 37
Cedar as a Construction Materialp. 38
Cedar Sidingp. 39
Finishing Cedarp. 40
Efficiencyp. 41
Reducing Wastep. 41
Choosing an Insulating Materialp. 41
Reducing Wastep. 42
Protecting Healthp. 43
Hidden Hazardsp. 43
Installing Loose Fillp. 43
Finding Your Numberp. 44
Technology Changes
Electrical 1p. 47
Keeping Tabsp. 47
Getting the Big Picturep. 48
Seeing the Detailsp. 49
Predicting the Futurep. 50
Electrical 2p. 51
Improving Safety and Securityp. 51
Photo-Controlled Switchesp. 51
Indoor Timersp. 52
Outdoor Timersp. 53
Power Failure Lightsp. 53
Motion Sensor Switchesp. 53
Home Automation Controllers and Modulesp. 54
Now and in the Futurep. 54
Plumbing 1p. 55
Slowing the Flowp. 55
Having WaterSensep. 55
WaterSense Basicsp. 56
Certified Productsp. 57
High-Efficiency Toiletsp. 57
Bathroom Sink Faucetsp. 58
Showerheadsp. 59
Resourcesp. 59
Plumbing 2p. 61
Supply Meets Demandp. 61
Saving Energyp. 61
Energy Factorp. 62
Saving Timep. 63
Saving Spacep. 63
Choosing the Right Modelp. 64
Resourcesp. 64
Heatingp. 65
No More Cold Feetp. 65
Traditional Space Conditioningp. 65
In-floor Heating Systemsp. 66
New Constructionp. 67
Remodelingp. 67
Retrofittingp. 68
Resourcesp. 68
Ventilatingp. 69
Keeping in the Heatp. 69
How an HRV Worksp. 69
Differences between HRV and ERVp. 70
Benefits in Comfort and Healthp. 71
Installation Optionsp. 71
Reasons to Use an HRVp. 71
Finding the Right Modelp. 72
Before You Install an HRVp. 72
Resourcesp. 73
Air Conditioningp. 75
Keeping Your Coolp. 75
Energy Efficiencyp. 75
Health Considerationsp. 76
How Air Flows through a Housep. 77
Calculating Air Exchange Ratesp. 78
Features and Optionsp. 78
Resourcesp. 79
Insulatingp. 81
Benefits beyond Warmthp. 81
Other Properties of Insulating Materialsp. 81
Common Insulating Productsp. 82
Spray-Foam Insulationp. 83
Managing Indoor Air Qualityp. 83
Saving Energy and Moneyp. 84
Back to Basicsp. 84
Resourcesp. 85
Cookingp. 87
New Methods for Old Choresp. 87
Understanding Induction Cookingp. 87
The Biggest Differencesp. 88
Additional Capabilitiesp. 89
Potential Drawbacksp. 89
Definite Advantagesp. 89
Resourcesp. 90
Washingp. 91
Getting More from Lessp. 91
How Front Loaders Workp. 91
Increasing Availabilityp. 92
Benefits of Horizontal Axis Washersp. 93
Choosing a Horizontal Axis Washerp. 93
Choosing a Clothes Dryerp. 94
Resourcesp. 94
Lifestyle Changes
Personal Choicesp. 97
Changing Habitsp. 97
What "Carbon Footprint" Meansp. 97
Consumption Affects Emissionsp. 98
Global Causes, Global Effectsp. 99
Past, Present, and Futurep. 99
Decisions, Not Sacrificesp. 99
Everyone Winsp. 100
Resourcesp. 101
Energy Sourcesp. 103
Discovering Your Choicesp. 103
Changes in Recent Historyp. 103
Market Deregulationp. 104
A Good Place to Startp. 105
Same Utility, Different Sourcep. 105
Renewable Energy Certificatesp. 105
Evaluating Green Power Sourcesp. 106
Buying Power for Buying Powerp. 106
Resourcesp. 106
Financial Incentivesp. 107
Investing in Futuresp. 107
Federal Tax Creditsp. 107
Limitations and Conditionsp. 109
Energy Star and Tax Creditsp. 109
Getting Over the Thresholdp. 110
Energy Efficient Mortgagesp. 110
Conventional EEMsp. 110
FHA EEMsp. 110
VA EEMsp. 111
Conclusionp. 111
Resourcesp. 111
Cooperative Buyingp. 113
Shopping Locallyp. 113
Origins of CSAp. 114
Philosophical Rootsp. 115
Subscription and Shareholder Modelsp. 115
How a CSA Worksp. 115
Growing Varietyp. 116
Resourcesp. 116
Agricultural Independencep. 117
Taking Chargep. 117
Choosing a Containerp. 117
Know What to Growp. 118
Seeding and Transplantingp. 119
Growing Conditionsp. 119
Soilp. 119
Lightp. 119
Waterp. 120
Fertilizerp. 120
Plant Healthp. 120
Resourcesp. 121
Eliminating Wastep. 123
Organic Alchemyp. 123
The Composition of Decompositionp. 123
Ingredients for Successp. 124
Items to Avoidp. 125
How Composting Works: Five Partsp. 125
Nutrientsp. 125
Particlesp. 125
Waterp. 126
Oxygenp. 126
Temperaturep. 126
Benefits of Using Compostp. 126
Composting Methodsp. 127
Resourcesp. 127
Reducing Wastep. 129
Saving Two Waysp. 129
A Definition of Graywaterp. 129
Basic Requirementsp. 130
How Graywater Is Collected and Usedp. 130
Economic and Environmental Benefitsp. 131
Using Graywater-or Notp. 131
Resourcesp. 132
Washing Upp. 133
Cleaning Housep. 133
Health, Safety, and Comfortp. 133
The Basic Ingredientsp. 134
Recipes for Special Cleaning Jobsp. 135
In the Kitchenp. 135
In the Bathroomp. 135
Everywherep. 136
Resourcesp. 136
Second Chancesp. 137
More Goods, Less Garbagep. 137
A Packaging Paradoxp. 137
Alternative Buying Tacticsp. 138
While Shoppingp. 138
At Homep. 139
At Workp. 139
Resourcesp. 140
Getting Outsidep. 141
Reinventing Landscapesp. 141
Perceptions and Misconceptionsp. 141
Seven Principles of Xeriscapingp. 142
Saving Resources, Saving Moneyp. 143
Planning a Xeriscapep. 143
Preparing the Soilp. 144
Irrigating the Sitep. 144
Resourcesp. 145
Indexp. 147
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