Going green at home can seem like an all-or-nothing proposition. Do you sell everything (including the house) and start over, building and buying only eco-friendly, renewable goods? Or do you take the advice offered up in this smart and sensible book — and remodel instead? Green building expert Barry Katz makes a compelling argument for remodeling, as he guides readers through what can be a perplexing and daunting process. Too many decisions? No worries. Katz explains how different choices impact a home’s overall green quotient, as well as its bottom line. Emphasizing off-the-shelf materials, the book shows how homeowners of ordinary means can “green up” a remodel, resulting in less waste, more energy-efficient homes, lower maintenance costs, and more comfortable, healthful environments. This is an essential guide for anyone who has ever wanted to go green but wasn’t exactly sure where to begin.
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One of the best books on this topic I have seen. Easy to read, inspirational stories and photos. I don't agree, however with some of his recommendations about heating systems. From my way of thinking, at least in the Northeast, if you build it right, you will NOT need an expensive heating system, so no matter how incredibly efficient the system may be, if it is expensive, it it not worth it. Aim for a zero-net-energy home. Take the $$ you will save from an expensive heating system, invest it into the shell of the house, and then look for an inexpensive heating system that will meet your needs - like a mini-split heat pump, a through the wall gas heater etc. Happy remodeling!You are making a great investment!
This attractive well-written book is an excellent overview of green building concepts that will be useful for homeowners and general contractors. Packed with pictures, illustrations and diagrams, it looks great on a coffee table but is also practical and useful. It is more than just a check list or "how to" guide - it provides a framework for understanding what "green" remodeling really means. If you own an older house and are looking to make it more comfortable and efficient, this book is well worth the investment.
This is a wonderful book, a great summary of things that you can do that make a difference, and that you can apply to your own projects. Lots of books have complicated projects that seem overwhelming, but this valuable manual really gives you ideas of things you can do right away to apply "Green" Environmental ideas to your current remodelling projects. The writer is an experienced, serious, practical proponent in the field, and his advice is very usable.
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