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Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction

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A thorough, informative, and up-to-date reference on green, sustainable and energy-efficient home construction that clarifies definitions of green and sustainable and guides builders and architects through the process of new or remodel green construction, including issues of site, landscaping, durability, and energy-efficiency. It starts with clear explanations of the conc ...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Taunton Press
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Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a good introduction to the house as a whole system when it comes to green construction. All systems were covered, including passive solar design and solar energy devices, plumbing, and interior finishes. That said, it didn't cover individual sections as in depth as some green building books, for instance alternative construction methods such as hay bale, adobe bricks, etc. are sometimes mentioned but not really covered. That said, this is a good book for thinking about various approache ...more
East Bay J
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sustainability
This book is awesome! If, like me, you are interested in increasing sustainability, Green From The Ground Up gives you step by step guidelines and construction techniques to improve the efficiency of residential and commercial buildings, whether in remodeling or new construction. It covers everything from start to finish, including foundations, framing, solar, energy efficient appliances, gray water, flooring, indoor air quality... this book covers everything.

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Mar 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
OK, I've done a lot of reading in preparation for building our house. This has been the most helpful thing I've found in book form. Some green books are too esoteric and full of black and white comparisons of good and bad materials or methods. This one is practical. It's far more nuanced in its approach, and actually helps you weigh the alternatives based on value for cost.

I appreciated the sections on insulation and ventilation the most. Also some nice detail on geothermal heat pumps. This book
Joni Baboci
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Architects, Builders
Shelves: energy
Green from the ground up is a highly informative book about building green. It has numerous diagrams and illustration which integrate beautifully with the extremely interesting and professionally useful text. It seems targeted towards professional architects or builders, however with a bit of effort and google helping out it can also be useful to non-professionals. It is also targeted to the American private-house building market so some of the data might have to be reinterpreted for other types ...more
Jason Bibeau
Mar 08, 2012 rated it liked it

Good information for those looking for energy efficient alternative building styles or to improve existing homes. I warn you it's heavy on PC speak if that sort of thing irritates you. One other note is that I bought this at a log cabin show and educational event and there is about two sentences on log and timber frame construction in the whole book.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hobbies
As others have commented, the book is geared toward builders but still reads simply enough for a layperson to understand. Even better, the book discusses alternatives for all regions and climates. Many guides to sustainable construction focus heavily or entirely on the cooler North. This offers the most information applicable to all climates and all building preferences.
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
LOVE this book. Great advice on how to build wise and sustainable without the emotional hysteria of other books on the topic. Honest look on why not everything called "green" is a good idea while always keeping the budget in mind. Recommend highly to anyone thinking of building a house that you want to last a long time.
May 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Much more focused on new construction than retrofits of existing homes, so not really what I needed for information, but useful nonetheless. A real broad yet deep look, mainly at materials, but also at methods for design and construction.
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
great, easy to read, lots of pictures. a good read for people inside and outside of the business of building.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good book that changed some of my decisions. We have to be practical and conscious of every detail that affects our health and the environment.
Dave Hutson
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The book that started my eco friendly life style and constant need to make everything energy efficient.
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“Ideally, major windows should face within 30° of true (not magnetic) south. The deviation between true and magnetic south varies depending on where you build.” 0 likes
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