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

by David Johnston (Author), Scott Gibson (Author)

Editorial Reviews

“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

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)

Product Description
A thorough, informative, and up-to-date reference on green, sustainable and
energy-efficient home construction that clarifies definitions of green and
sustainable and guides builders and architects through the process of new or
remodel green construction, including issues of site, landscaping, durability,
and energy-efficiency. It starts with clear explanations of the concepts and
fundamentals of green, healthy and energy-efficient construction and walks the
reader through the entire construction process, injecting expert advice at every
decision point. Construction techniques, materials, and products are thoroughly
explained, making the often vaguely understood concepts cleanly understandable.
The book gives builders and architects the tools to respond to growing requests
from homeowners for green and energy-efficient houses, whether new or remodeled.
Homeowners can use the book to understand the concepts, process, and options,
whether they're doing it themselves or working with a professional.

Product Details

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Taunton (April 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 156158973X


Promoting Green Building Design, Construction and Operation, Sustainable Living,
Clean Technology, Renewable Energy Resources and Energy Independence