Green Building Products: The GreenSpec Guide to Residential Building Materials|
by Alex Wilson (Editor), Mark Piepkorn (Editor)
Interest in sustainable green building practices is greater than ever. Whether
concerned about allergies, energy costs, old-growth forests, or durability and
long-term value, homeowners and builders are looking for ways to ensure that
their homes are healthy, safe, beautiful, and efficient.
In these pages are descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more
than 1,400 environmentally preferable products and materials. All phases of
resi-dential construction, from sitework to flooring to renewable energy, are
covered. Products are grouped by function, and each chapter begins with a
discussion of key environmental considerations and what to look for in a green
product. Over 40 percent revised, this updated edition includes over 120 new
products. Categories of products include:
Sitework and landscaping
Flooring and floor coverings
Interior finish and trim
Caulks and adhesives
Foundations, footers, and slabs
Paints and coatings
Structural systems and components
Plumbing, electrical, and lighting
Exterior finish and trim
Furniture and furnishings
Doors and windows
Distributors and retailers
An index of products and manufacturers makes for easy navigation. There is no
more comprehensive resource for both the engaged homeowner and those who design
and build homes.
About the Author
Alex Wilson is President of Building-Green, an authoritative source for
information on environmentally responsible design and construction, which also
publishes Environmental Building News. Co-editor Mark Piepkorn has extensive
experience with natural and traditional building methods.
Mark Piepkorn is associate editor of Environmental Building News and the lead
products researcher for GreenSpec®, both publications of BuildingGreen, Inc.
Active in the natural building movement, Mark has also been the editor of The
Last Straw, an international newsletter about straw-bale construction and natural building.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: New Society Publishers; 2 edition (September 1, 2006)