Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction available in Hardcover
GREEN BUILDING: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION provides a current, comprehensive guide to this exciting, emerging field. From core concepts to innovative applications of cutting-edge technology and the latest industry trends, this text offers an in-depth introduction to the construction of "green" homes. Unlike many texts that adopt a product-oriented approach, this book emphasizes the crucial planning, processes, and execution methods necessary for effective, environmentally sound construction. This text demonstrates that Earth-friendly products and energy-efficient materials take planning in order to make a building truly green. This visionary text helps students and professionals develop the knowledge and skills to "think green" from start to finish, empowering and inspiring them to build truly sustainable homes.
About the Author
Abe Kruger is a certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) building analyst and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) trainer and rater, as well as an active member of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) National Technical Committee. He has conducted energy-efficiency and conservation training for builders, renovators, home inspectors, contractors, and homeowners around the country. Mr. Kruger provides green building training and presentations at regional and national conferences, including RESNET, Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI), Green Prints, and Green Build, and he is accredited to perform EarthCraft House, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes, and ENERGY STAR certifications. Mr. Kruger also assists with designing, implementing, and evaluating utility-run energy-efficiency programs. In 2009, Mr. Kruger founded Kruger Sustainability Group (KSG) to provide green building training, consulting, and curriculum development for colleges, companies, and nonprofit organizations.
Carl Seville has honed his expertise in sustainable construction through over 30 years as a remodeling contractor, educator, and consultant in the residential construction industry. His groundbreaking work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Excellence Award for Green Homes from Residential Design Build Magazine (2008), the Energy Value Housing Award (2009), two Green Remodeling Advocate of the Year Awards (2005, 2007), two National Green Building Awards (2004, 2006), the Southface Energy Institute Award of Excellence for Environmental Stewardship (2003), and the EarthCraft House Leadership award (2006). Mr. Seville is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) building analyst, a National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) certified trainer, and a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rater, and he holds the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) AP Homes and Green Rater designations.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction. 1. Green Building: An Overview. 2. The House as a System. 3. Planning for Green from the Start. 4. Insulation and Air Sealing. 5. Foundations. 6. Floors and Walls. 7. Roofs and Attics. 8. Fenestration. 9. Exterior Wall Finishes. 10. Outdoor Living Spaces. 11. Landscaping. 12. Interior Finishes. 13. HVAC. 14. Electrical. 15. Plumbing. 16. Renewable Energy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Do you have an interest in green home construction and renovation? If you do, then this book is for you! Authors Abe Kruger and Carl Seville, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that is a guide to understanding both the principles and implementation of green building. Authors Kruger and Seville, begin by exploring the definitions of green building, its importance from an environmental perspective, and its context within the design and construction industry. Then, the authors present the importance of system thing and the science behind how buildings operate. Next, they cover the important design decisions and early construction choices that lead to a green home. The authors then show you how to select the appropriate insulation and air sealing materials, and how to follow proper installation methods that are critical in creating a green home. They continue by introducing the different types of foundation design and material choices and what to consider when selecting a foundation system for a green home. Then, the authors discuss the structural elements of floors and walls. Next, they present different methods for making the roof and attic of a home green by exploring different options available for the location of the thermal envelope at the top of a building and how these decisions, along with roof design and roofing material selection, play an important role in keeping the home healthy, dry and energy efficient. The authors continue by discussing how windows, doors, and skylights offer both benefits and challenges for green homes. Then, they show you how to select the right exterior finish systems for a green home. Next, the authors show you how outdoor spaces can add to the sustainability of a home. They continue by presenting strategies for creating sustainable sites that minimize negative environmental impacts and decrease energy and water consumption. Then, the authors cover material selection and installation methods for walls, floors, ceilings and permanent fixtures, such as cabinets and counters. Next, they present the different types of HVAC systems available for use in homes and explain their respective pros and cons. The authors then cover lighting, appliances, wiring, controls and other electrical equipment used in homes. The authors continue by showing you how to specify and install efficient plumbing systems, including supply and drain piping, fixtures, fittings and water heaters. Finally, they cover small-scale active and passive renewable energy systems that are installed on residential buildings. This most excellent book covers green building in a best practices approach to low-rise residential construction. More importantly, the authors examine the considerations that must be taken into account during the design, site development, and construction phases of the project.