WINNER: 2011 Outstanding Book Award from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
When does a green home project make financial sense? The authors of this book provide the answer to this and other questions relating to the cost (and relative value) of environmentally friendly home improvements. Eric Corey Freed and Kevin Daum are experts, respectively, in green building and in financing custom homes. In this information-packed book, they walk readers through 50 green home projects and break them down according to the positive impact they have on the environment, as well as the impact they may have (both positive and negative) on the reader's wallet.
They evaluate a wide array of projects, including insulating pipes, weatherizing doors and windows, composting and recycling trash, installing a solar hot water heater, installing green countertops, upgrading appliances, building with reclaimed materials, and installing radiant heat. This unique perspective on going green is a reference that green-leaning homeowners simply cannot do without.
About the Author
Eric Corey Freed is principal of organicARCHITECT, an architecture and consulting firm in San Francisco, with 15 years of experience in green building. He writes a syndicated column at GreenerBuildings.com and lectures on the subject at more than 40 conferences a year. He is the author of Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies. An expert on financing custom homes, Kevin Daum is the author of Building Your Own Home for Dummies, named the #1 custom home resource guide by the Wall Street Journal.
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Table Of Contents 16 green home projects you can do today
Change your light bulbs
Help your toilet use less water
Help your shower use less water
Install occupancy sensors
Install smart strips and kill switches
Install a programmable thermostat
Insulate your water heater
Insulate your pipes
Seal your ducting
Use healthy paints
Weatherize windows and doors
Install solar pool heating
Plant native species and skip the sprinklers
Buy a water filter instead of bottled water
Install a clothesline
Recycle and compost your trash
21 green home projects you can do tomorrow
Add solar power
Bring in natural daylighting
Replace your windows
Install a whole-house fan
Insulate your walls and attic
Upgrade your appliances
Upgrade your fireplace
Heat only the water you use
Install a solar hot water heater
Install a cool roof
Pick a green countertop
Cover walls with healthy finishes
Install healthy wall coverings
Replace vinyl with linoleum flooring
Install cork, palm wood, or bamboo flooring
Install natural carpeting
Use formaldehyde-free wood for cabinetry
Build a composite material deck
Harvest your rainwater
Disassemble, don't demolish
13 green home projects you can do when building new
Reclaim your water, gray and hot
Substitute fly ash for cement in concrete
Incorporate advanced framing techniques
Build with reclaimed materials
Build with recycled drywall
Build with certified wood
Build with engineered lumber
Build with structural insulated panels (SIPs)
Build with insulating concrete forms (ICFs)
Install radiant heat
Integrate your energy systems
Install a green roof
Utilize passive solar design
Intro If we all believe saving the planet is critical, then rating green home projects from a practical point of view might seem counterproductive. In a perfect world, we would do everything possible to save the planet and not have to pick and choose among worthwhile projects. Unfortunately, greening a home gets expensive, and good intentions can go by the wayside when the time comes to pull out the wallet. And while some projects may be worth making financial sacrifice, most of us haven't had access to the information necessary to assess the true affordability of green improvements until now.
Green$ense for the Home provides in-depth analysis on 50 green home projects from two experts with quite different perspectives. Eric represents the Greenies of the world. As the nation's leading green architect, he is in the pantheon of environmental do-gooders for his 'always do the green thing' approach to home design. Eric shows why a project is good for a home and the environment. He explains how to accomplish the project and gives you valuable expert advice and resources for getting it done right.
On the other side, Kevin represents the hard reality of practicality and affordability. He examines how much a project will cost or save in plain dollars and cents, and also assesses practical pitfalls for each project. After financing more than 1,000 custom homes, Kevin has seen mistakes galore where green aims went horribly wrong. Kevin is a strong green supporter, but he provides perspective about what is affordable and desirable in the housing market.
The good news is that there are many green home projects that can be accomplished with minimal cash investment. And many will actually pay you back -- and keep putting money in your piggy bank each and every day. Together, we give you a realistic, balanced view of the pros and cons of each project so you can make green choices that best serve your planet, your wallet, and your lifestyle. For example, if Eric were to tell you about all the green reasons why you should use recycled toilet paper to save old-growth forests, Kevin would let you know that even though you could save $0.50 per 100 sq. ft. by buying earth-friendly TP, he and many others are not going there until it is made squeezably soft!
All of the projects in this book are here because they will improve your home and help our environment. We identify the global benefits for each project, but our main goal is to provide you with a way of figuring out the projects that will work for you financially, while providing practical advice on how to best implement them. Whether you are building a custom home from scratch, remodeling an existing home, or adding a small green improvement, analyzing the resultant cost, savings, and value added is of paramount importance when making the decision whether to take on a green project, and we put all that key information in your hands.
ISBN 978-1-60085-155-1 Video No Author Eric Corey Freed & Kevin Daum Publication Year 2010 Dimensions 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 Pages 288 Photo 200 full-color photographs Drawings and 50 drawings Other Formats No Cover Paperback
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