Island Press, a nonprofit that publishes environmental books from thought leaders, was kind enough to send us a new book by Patrick M. Condon called Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World. Condon starts out with the premise that cities are responsible for 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions and, since cities are the major cause of the problem, builds a set of rules as the solution.
The authors of Green from the Ground Up, David Johnston and Scott Gibson, recently released a new book called Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home, which the publisher sent to us for review. Johnson and Gibson explore net zero energy homes of all varieties — bungalows, ranches, craftsmans — and what it takes to build homes that are healthy, green, and ultra energy-efficient.
- More than Passive.
- Putting the brakes on PACE.
- Consumer green spending unaffected by recession.
- Building with new recycled bricks (CalStar).
- Companies upset about DOE showerhead rule.
- Smart meters alone not really energy savers.
- Green building: the future has arrived.
- Bamboo rescue housing.
A few months ago, we mentioned that PieceHomes was using green pieces, or extra modules, to help people expand or remodel existing homes. Recently, the company sent an eP: Studio module to Venice, where it was installed above a site-built garage. It arrived mostly complete — the siding needed to be applied — and was forklifted into place. Check out the finished interior below …