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A comprehensive guide to building green on any budget.

According to conventional wisdom, building a green home is
an expensive endeavor. The standard approach treats green as an add-on,
tacking "premium" products, finishes, and equipment onto a traditional
home design. As a result, many green home projects end up over budget or
fail to achieve their environmental and performance goals.


Green Home Building
explodes the myth that green homes have to cost
more. Using proven methods based on applied building science, the
authors show how to:

  • Lower base construction costs to
    provide funding for high performance upgrades
  • Achieve a
    net-zero energy home, including "zero-ing" water, waste, carbon, and
    associated costs within fifteen years
  • Live affordably into the
    future, despite anticipated rising costs for fuel, water, materials,
    taxes, and health care

This comprehensive guide to
building green on any budget defines the strategies that maximize the
return on green investments. Written for anyone who has ever been swayed
by the argument that the price tag limits how green a home can be,
Green Home Building
is a must-read for builders, contractors,
architects, designers, and homeowners.

Miki Cook is a
green building and sustainability consultant who has dedicated her
career to educating contractors and the public on the strategies,
methods, and benefits of green homes.

Doug Garrett has
trained thousands of homebuilders, architects, and sub-contractors to
build energy-efficient homes using applied building science to improve
comfort, durability, and healthfulness while meeting or exceeding the
energy code.


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Reviews for Green Home Building: Money-Saving Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-Performance Home:

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May 08, 2019

As I know nothing about home building it explains more than I can follow but learned that "going green" whether in new or renovations doesn't have to be way more expensive if proper planning occurs. Also interesting to know where to put your money to make the biggest difference as most people choose some but not all the things you can do as affordability is still an issue.
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Sep 03, 2015

I learned a lot, and enjoyed the book (considering building a tiny house). At times it became pretty repetitious, though. The later chapters can be skipped, since hey summarize the earlier ones several times.
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Dec 05, 2014

I heard the authors speak at an expo and knew that this was going to be so valuable as we are planning to remodel a home. While a lot of the book is devoted to new home construction, it was easy enough to connect the dots for remodeling as well.

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