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Green Remodeling : Changing the World One Room at a Time

by David R. Johnston (Author), Kim Master (Author)

Editorial Reviews

"...a must-have book for anyone about to build a new home or remodel." -
Vancouver Sun, Saturday December 4th, 2004.

Product Description

Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming
outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year,
spending more money annually on renovation than on new-home construction. But
renovations can be fraught with unintended consequences like indoor air
pollution. How do you remodel in a healthy, environmentally friendly way?

Green Remodeling is a comprehensive guide. It first points out the advantages of
remodeling. Buildings are responsible for 40% of worldwide energy flow and
material use; so how you remodel can make a difference. Upgrading furnaces,
cabinets and toilets means less fossil fuel pollution, reduced resource
depletion and fewer health risks. Green remodeling is more energy-efficient,
more resource-conserving, healthier for occupants and creates buildings that are
more affordable to build, operate and maintain.

The book then discusses simple green renovation solutions for homeowners,
focusing on key aspects of the building, including foundations, framing,
plumbing, windows, heating and finishes. Room by room, it outlines the intricate
connections that make the house work as a system. For example, how new windows
may affect the structure and mechanical systems of the rooms below, the health
of the family and the future of old-growth forests. Then, in an easy-to-read
format complete with checklists, personal stories, expert insights and an
extensive resource list, it covers easy ways to save energy, conserve natural
resources and protect the health of loved ones. Addressing all climates, this is
a perfect resource for conventional homeowners, as well as for architects and
remodeling contractors.

David Johnston was named one of the top 50 remodelers in the U.S. in 1990. He
developed the first green remodeling program in the U.S. and is creating a
national green certification program for the National Association of the
Remodeling Industry. Kim Master is a green building consultant. Both are from
Boulder, Colorado.

Product Details

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: New Society Publishers (September 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0865714983



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