I've just received an excellent new book, and as is the tradition here at JG, I'll be giving the book away to one random commenter.* Published by The Taunton Press, Green from the Ground Up is incredibly thorough and more helpful than I ever imagined it would be. I really shouldn't have been surprised, though, because one of the authors, David Johnston, has another book out on green remodeling that's very popular. So I expect Green from the Ground Up to be just as successful.
It has over 300 pages and 300 color images that provide a way for the reader to see that (1) green building actually works and (2) green buildings don't have to be ugly.
To borrow some language from David Johnston's introduction, "Green is everywhere, and everything points to long-term changes in how home buyers and home builders will do business. Where this leaves builders is another story. It's fine for consumers to clamor for "green" houses, but what does that mean, exactly, to the person who is responsible for translating that into a real house? It's no less confusing for the prospective homeowner who wants a green house but isn't sure what that entails … this book offers a way to get there, not by adopting wildly new building technologies and materials but mostly by using what's already on hand."
Clearly, the authors are writing for homeowners, builders, contractors, or similar people that are looking for quality green home construction information and how to make it happen. For these types of people, I think the book's structure will be helpful as a reference guide:
- Chapter 1: Green Building Basics
- Chapter 2: The House as a System
- Chapter 3: Planning and Design
- Chapter 4: Foundations
- Chapter 5: Framing
- Chapter 6: Roofs and Attics
- Chapter 7: Windows and Doors
- Chapter 8: Plumbing
- Chapter 9: Heating, Ventilation, and Air-conditioning
- Chapter 10: Electrical
- Chapter 11: Insulation
- Chapter 12: Siding and Decking
- Chapter 13: Solar Energy
- Chapter 14: Indoor Air Quality
- Chapter 15: Interior Finishes
- Chapter 16: Landscaping
Throughout the book, the authors use the above framework to discuss the advantages of various products, techniques, and solutions. If there's a caveat or some gray area, they explain that, too. The authors don't just provide a bunch of lists, they talk about the product, technique, or solution and analyze it.
As a result, I'm highly recommending this one — it's seriously one of the best references for green home construction you'll find right now. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, try Amazon.
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