New Sustainable Homes: Designs for Healthy Living|
by James Grayson Trulove (Author)
What makes a sustainable house a sustainable home?
NEW SUSTAINABLE HOMES will address that question by presenting a wide range of
projects where the architect and client have made a conscientious effort to
incorporate sustainability into the design of the home and construction
materials used in its execution. The result is a home that is less toxic to live
in, is cheaper to operate, and often gives back to the environment rather than
taking away. Also, and this is the most important consideration for many, it is
a great looking, highly livable home that not only retains its value but has
been shown to increase in value more quickly than more conventionally conceived
houses because of cheaper operating expenses. These designers and their clients
are not on the fringe.
NEW SUSTAINABLE HOMES will show readers will learn about the many materials and
techniques that make up today's sustainable house, including:
1) the use of pervious concrete on driveways that allows water to seep through
to the water table below.
2) using bio–fiber panels in lieu of plywood for interior finishing
3) using organic, green roofs that improve insulation, absorb sound and manage
4) solar water heating systems
5) use of high thermal performance windows
6) photovoltaic electrical systems
About the Author
James Grayson Trulove is an author, publisher, and editor of books on the
subjects of architecture, landscape architecture, and garden design. His recent
books include New Sustainable Homes, 25 Apartments and Lofts Under 2500 Square
Feet, and Prefab Now. He resides in Washington, D.C., and New York.
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Collins Design (December 12, 2006)