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The Greened-House Effect: Renovating Your Home with a Deep-Energy Retrofit--Design and Install Highly Efficient Walls, Roofs, Basements, and Whole-House Systems
by Jeff Wilson
With greater public awareness of the need for energy independence, the issue of how we can make our existing homes more resource efficient is becoming ever more critical. Residential buildings make up a large fraction of our energy needs, largely due to heating and air-conditioning. So it's no longer enough to simply do the small stuff, like switching to compact fluorescen ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 22nd 2013 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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This was an excellent book on green remodeling. The author tells the tale of a green remodel on his own home in a semi-diary style and then also gives alternative solutions that might be more applicable to your situation. The author while versed in the construction trades is perhaps less embedded in the culture than some other authors so is good at making you feel as if you can tackle your own green remodel while reminding you that expertise is sometimes a very useful thing to utilize. Additiona ...more
Jeff does a fine job of explaining how to retrofit an old house to reduce energy use by 80%! He also explains how to design and build an addition to do the same thing, as well as the rationale - that 48% of our housing is old and leaky as our house was in 1996 before we began work. He relies on the use of owner installed external liquid foam insulation which seals and improves comfort substantially, and describes SIPs etc as well as the need to buy energy star appliances. Inspiring.