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Green from the ground up : a builder's guide : sustainable, healthy, and energy-efficient home construction / David Johnston & Scott Gibson.


  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9781561589739 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 156158973X (pbk.)
  • Description: 330 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: Newtown, CT : Taunton Press, c2008.

Available copies

  • 1 copy at NOBLE (All Libraries).

Current holds

0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction TH 880 .J638 2008 (Text to Phone) Available -
Melrose Nonfiction (Second Floor) 690.837 Johnston (Text to Phone) Checked out 08/27/2015

Content descriptions

General Note: Includes index.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Note: Introduction -- 1. Green Building Basics -- Green Is No Longer on the Fringe -- Lots of Green, Few Common Standards -- Dealing with the World around Us -- 2. The House as a System -- How Heat Is Transferred -- Thermal Transmission -- Controlling Heat Flow -- Air Leakage -- Air Barriers -- Airflow Mechanisms -- Tight Houses Need Ventilation -- The Many Faces of Water -- Controlling Sound Transmission -- Putting It All Together -- 3. Planning and Design -- Get the Team on Board -- Siting a House for Comfort -- Planning for Water Management -- 4. Foundations -- Foundations Should Be Insulated -- Forming Foundations with Wood -- Improving Concrete with Fly Ash -- Controlling Moisture around Foundations -- Make Crawl Spaces Generous -- 5. Framing -- Advanced Framing Reduces Waste -- We Have Tree Farms, Not Forests -- Engineered Lumber Makes Sense -- Using Steel Studs with Recycled Content -- Structural Insulated Panels Are Fast -- Timber-Frame Construction -- 6. Roofs and Attics -- Frame with Trusses -- Attic Ductwork -- Superinsulated Attics and Roofs -- Stopping Air Leaks at the Ceiling -- Sheathing and Roof Membranes -- Roofing Materials -- Light Colors Reduce Heat Gain -- Really Green Roofs -- 7. Windows and Doors -- Window Frames -- Glazing -- Preventing Air and Water Leaks -- Insulating Windows Themselves -- Skylights and Light Tubes -- Doors -- 8. Plumbing -- Distributing Hot Water Efficiently -- Water Heaters -- Eliminating the Wait for Hot Water -- Insulate All Hot Water Pipes -- Saving Water by Reducing Flow -- Plumbing for Gray Water -- Appliances That Save -- 9. Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning -- Designing a System -- Forced-Air Systems -- Radiant Systems -- Heating Appliances -- Geothermal Systems -- Ventilation -- Cooling -- 10. Electrical -- What Drives Demand? -- Lighting -- Lighting Design -- Energy-Efficient Appliances -- Electric Heating -- Solar and Wind -- 11. Insulation -- Old Assumptions Don't Work -- Form Follows Function -- Making Sense of Insulation Choices -- Loose-Fill Insulation -- Spray-In Insulation -- Rigid Foam -- Radiant Barriers -- 12. Siding and Decking -- Drainage Planes -- Siding Materials -- Decking -- 13. Solar Energy -- Solar Hot Water -- Solar Collectors -- Active Solar Space Heating -- Photovoltaics -- 14. Indoor Air Quality -- Setting Standards for Exposure -- Contaminants and Their Impact on Health -- Building Products That Off-Gas -- The Cure for Dirty Air -- 15. Interior Finishes -- Choosing Environmentally Friendly Products -- Drywall -- Paints, Finishes, and Adhesives -- Interior Cabinets -- Countertops -- Green Flooring -- 16. Landscaping -- Evaluate Site and Climate -- Working with What's There -- Integrated Pest Management -- Afterword -- Resources -- Credits -- Index
Gibson, Scott, 1951- (Added Author).

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