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The New Ecological Home: A Complete Guide to Green Building Options

by Dan Chiras (Author)



Product Description

Shelter, like many other elements of human existence, comes at an extraordinary
cost to our planet and its inhabitants. In the U.S. alone, construction of 1.2
million new homes a year results in a massive drain on Earth's natural resource
base. Today, nearly 60 percent of all timber cut in the U.S. is used in building
houses, not to mention construction wastes and the huge amounts of resources
used in the day-to-day operation of the "modern" household. In addition to
environmental costs, there are the personal economic costs--the thousands of
dollars each homeowner spends each year to heat, cool, and power our homes.
Today, a new generation of architects and builders is emerging, intent on
creating homes that meet human needs for shelter while causing only a fraction
of the environmental impact of conventional housing. The New Ecological Home
provides an overview of green building techniques, materials, products, and
technologies that are either currently available or will be in the near future.
Author Daniel Chiras provides a wealth of up-to-date, practical information for
home buyers, owner-builders, and anyone interested in building for a sustainable
future. Included are chapters on: * The Healthy House; * Green Building
Materials; * Wood-Wise Construction; * Energy Efficiency; * Earth-Sheltered
Architecture; * Passive Solar Heating and Passive Cooling; * Green Power:
Electricity from the Sun and Wind; * Water and Waste: Sustainable Approaches;*
Environmental Landscaping.

From the Publisher
As homeowners become more environmentally savvy and demand ecological choices, a
new generation of architects and builders is emerging, intent on creating warm
and inviting homes that cause only a fraction of the environmental impact of
conventional building methods. Dan Chiras’ The New Ecological Home provides an
overview of green building techniques, materials, products and technologies that
are either currently available or promise to be in the near future.

Product Details

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Company (May 30, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1931498164

 

 

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