Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and…

Paperback | March 1, 2014

byChris Magwood

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From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods-entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques. But with so many different ideas to choose from, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project.

Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach in terms of:

  • Cost, sourcing, labor intensity, and ease of construction
  • Energy efficiency, embodied energy, and environmental impacts
  • Availability/accessibility
  • Viable applications and future potential.

Each chapter is rounded out by a chart which summarizes the material in a quick and accessible manner.

Whether you are an owner preparing to build a green or natural home, or a conventional contractor determined to integrate sustainable alternatives into your existing construction practices, this up-to-the minute resource will help you make the best decisions for your project, while meeting your energy, efficiency, budgetary, and site-specific needs.

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From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods-entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques. But with so many different ideas to choose from, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the m...

Chris Magwood has designed and built some of the most innovative, sustainable buildings in North America, including the first off-grid, straw bale home in Ontario which became a fifteen-year research project into the implementation of sustainable building materials and technologies. He created the Sustainable Building Design and Constr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.88 × 8.01 × 1.05 inPublished:March 1, 2014Publisher:New Society PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0865717060

ISBN - 13:9780865717060

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comprehensive Overview of Sustainable Construction Methods This is to my knowledge the best publication to date for making decisions about which sustainable construction method to choose. It discusses the merits of each method, what detractors say, how costly it is, how labour intensive, how much embodied energy it consumes. Some outstanding qualities of this book are: - charts summarizing the pros and cons of each method - bar graphs which break down the embodied energy of materials - sections dealing with water and wastewater - information about costs, difficulty, and amount labour required - loaded with insights I wish more people understood how much better our homes could be to us and to the environment. If anyone I know is building for themselves I will definitely recommend this book to them.
Date published: 2014-04-04

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