9780865715554

Your Green Home : A Guide to Planning a Healthy, Environmentally Friendly New Home

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    9780865715554

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    0865715556

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  • Copyright: 2006-09-30
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Summary

More and more homeowners today want houses that are healthy to live in and cause minimal damage to the environment. That's what green building is all about. Your Green Home is written for homeowners planning a new home-whether you are working with an architect or builder, or serving as your own general contractor. Intended to improve the overall environmental performance of new houses being built, the book sets out to answer some of the big-picture questions relating to having a home designed and built-and getting what you want. Your Green Home covers: a_? Home location and its relationship to the community a_? Site design a_? Construction systems a_? Building design to optimize energy performance a_? Renewable energy systems a_? Material selection a_? Indoor environmental quality a_? Water efficiency a_? Material selection Written by the founder of BuildingGreen-North America's premier green building authority-this book will prove useful not only to future homeowners, but also to designers and builders seeking to meet this demand. Building professionals well-versed in green building may find this a useful book to give to potential clients to convey the scope and principles of green building. Alex Wilson is president of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News, the oldest and most respected publication serving North America's green building industry. A green building expert since the 1970s, he has authored countless articles on the topic and several books, including Green Building Products, the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, and Green Development: Integrating Ecology and Real Estate.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Foreword by John Abrams xv
CHAPTER 1: So You Want to Build a Green Home 1(8)
What is Green Building?
1(2)
A Short History of Green Building
3(4)
How to Use this Book
7(2)
CHAPTER 2: Finding the Help You Need 9(8)
Hiring a Designer
10(2)
Hiring a Builder
12(2)
Serving as Your Own General Contractor
14(1)
Building Your Own House
15(2)
CHAPTER 3: Where to Build 17(12)
Building a New House vs. Fixing Up an Old One
17(1)
Your Home as Part of the Community
18(2)
Building on Previously Disturbed Land and Urban Infill Lots
20(1)
Evaluating the Greenfield Sites
21(4)
Regulatory Constraints
25(1)
Siting Your Home
26(3)
CHAPTER 4: General Issues in House Design 29(10)
Is a Stand-Alone, Single-Family House What You Really Want?
29(2)
How Big a House do You Need?
31(1)
Design for Durability
32(1)
Design for Accessibility and Adaptability
33(1)
House Configuration
34(2)
What About an Attached Garage?
36(1)
Other Design Issues
37(2)
CHAPTER 5: The Structural Building System 39(18)
Conventional Wood Framing (2x4,2x6)
39(2)
Conventional Wood Framing with Rigid Foam Insulation
41(1)
High-Tech Wood Framing Systems
42(1)
Timber Framing
43(2)
Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) Construction
45(2)
Steel Framing
47(2)
Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) Construction
49(1)
Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs)
49(1)
Other Masonry Block Building Systems
49(2)
Strawbale Construction
51(2)
Deciding Among the Building System Alternatives
53(4)
CHAPTER 6: Energy Efficient Design 57(34)
Why Reduce Use of Fossil Fuels?
57(2)
Integration is Key
59(1)
A Superinsulated, Airtight Envelope
60(9)
Selecting Windows
69(3)
Selecting Heating Equipment
72(7)
Cooling Your House
79(3)
Water Heating
82(3)
Home Appliances
85(2)
Lighting
87(1)
Energy Improvements on the Horizon
88(3)
CHAPTER 7: Making Use of Renewable Energy 91(16)
Passive Solar Heating
91(4)
Natural Daylighting
95(3)
Solar Water Heating
98(2)
Photovoltaics
100(3)
Wind Power and Green Electricity
103(1)
Wood Energy
103(3)
Zero-Energy and Carbon-Neutral Homes
106(1)
Final Thoughts on Energy
106(1)
CHAPTER 8: Materials and Products for Green Building 107(18)
Why Choose Green Building Products?
108(1)
Use Less Material
109(1)
Consider the Entire Life Cycle
109(2)
Selecting Building Products
111(11)
Getting the Information You Need for Material Selection
122(3)
CHAPTER 9: Creating a Safe Indoor Environment 125(22)
Eliminate, Isolate, and Ventilate
125(2)
House Design for a Healthy Indoor Environment
127(6)
Choosing Products and Materials for the House
133(5)
Ventilation Strategies
138(6)
Keeping a Healthy House Healthy
144(3)
CHAPTER 10: Respecting and Conserving Water 147(18)
Water Conservation in the Home
148(5)
Water Conservation Outdoors
153(2)
Dealing with Wastewater
155(4)
Graywater Separation and Treatment
159(2)
Rainwater Harvesting
161(2)
Managing Stormwater
163(2)
CHAPTER 11: Dealing with Construction Waste 165(8)
Reducing Job-Site Waste
165(2)
Reusing Job-Site Waste
167(2)
Recycling Job-Site Waste
169(2)
Proper Disposal of Wastes that Cannot Be Recycled
171(2)
CHAPTER 12: Landscaping and Plantings 173(12)
Protection of Soils and Vegetation During Site Work
173(1)
Landscaping for Energy Conservation
174(3)
Landscaping for Biodiversity
177(4)
Water-Conserving Landscaping
181(1)
Edible Landscaping
182(3)
CHAPTER 13: Costs of Building Green 185(10)
Controlling Construction Costs
185(2)
Construction Costs vs. Operating Costs
187(3)
The Cost of Good Design
190(1)
Paying for a Green Home
190(3)
Benefitting When You Sell a Green Home
193(2)
CHAPTER 14: Living in Your Green Home 195(14)
Understanding How Your House Works-The Homeowner's Manual
195(1)
Energy Efficiency
196(3)
Water Efficiency
199(1)
Maintenance
200(1)
Selection of Furnishings
201(2)
Cleaning Products
203(1)
Dealing With Waste
203(2)
Composting Organic Waste
205(2)
Involve the Whole Family in Waste Management
207(1)
Transportation
207(1)
Enjoy the Outdoors
208(1)
Afterword 209(2)
Glossary 211(16)
Index 227(10)
About the Author 237

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