Green from the Ground Up Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction

ISBN-10: 156158973X

ISBN-13: 9781561589739

Edition: 2008

Authors: David Johnston, Scott Gibson, Word Works Staff, What's Working Inc. Staff

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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.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Size: 9.75" wide x 6.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

SCOTT GIBSON is a woodworker and former editor of Fine Woodworking magazine. He now writes for a number of publications, including Fine Homebuilding. He is the author of The Workshop and Bathroom Ideas that Work and co-author of Green from the Ground Up and Toward a Zero Energy Home. PETER TURNER designs and builds furniture at his home in South Portland, Maine.

Introduction
Green Building Basics
Green Is No Longer on the Fringe
Lots of Green, Few Common Standards
Dealing with the World around Us
The House as a System
How Heat Is Transferred
Thermal Transmission
Controlling Heat Flow
Air Leakage
Air Barriers
Airflow Mechanisms
Tight Houses Need Ventilation
The Many Faces of Water
Controlling Sound Transmission
Putting It All Together
Planning and Design
Get the Team on Board
Siting a House for Comfort
Planning for Water Management
Foundations
Foundations Should Be Insulated
Forming Foundations with Wood
Improving Concrete with Fly Ash
Controlling Moisture around Foundations
Make Crawl Spaces Generous
Framing
Advanced Framing Reduces Waste
We Have Tree Farms, Not Forests
Engineered Lumber Makes Sense
Using Steel Studs with Recycled Content
Structural Insulated Panels Are Fast
Timber-Frame Construction
Roofs and Attics
Frame with Trusses
Attic Ductwork
Superinsulated Attics and Roofs
Stopping Air Leaks at the Ceiling
Sheathing and Roof Membranes
Roofing Materials
Light Colors Reduce Heat Gain
Really Green Roofs
Windows and Doors
Window Frames
Glazing
Preventing Air and Water Leaks
Insulating Windows Themselves
Skylights and Light Tubes
Doors
Plumbing
Distributing Hot Water Efficiently
Water Heaters
Eliminating the Wait for Hot Water
Insulate All Hot Water Pipes
Saving Water by Reducing Flow
Plumbing for Gray Water
Appliances That Save
Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning
Designing a System
Forced-Air Systems
Radiant Systems
Heating Appliances
Geothermal Systems
Ventilation
Cooling
Electrical
What Drives Demand?
Lighting
Lighting Design
Energy-Efficient Appliances
Electric Heating
Solar and Wind
Insulation
Old Assumptions Don't Work
Form Follows Function
Making Sense of Insulation Choices
Loose-Fill Insulation
Spray-In Insulation
Rigid Foam
Radiant Barriers
Siding and Decking
Drainage Planes
Siding Materials
Decking
Solar Energy
Solar Hot Water
Solar Collectors
Active Solar Space Heating
Photovoltaics
Indoor Air Quality
Setting Standards for Exposure
Contaminants and Their Impact on Health
Building Products That Off-Gas
The Cure for Dirty Air
Interior Finishes
Choosing Environmentally Friendly Products
Drywall
Paints, Finishes, and Adhesives
Interior Cabinets
Countertops
Green Flooring
Landscaping
Evaluate Site and Climate
Working with What's There
Integrated Pest Management
Afterword
Resources
Credits
Index
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