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

deChris Magwood

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1 mars 2014|
Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors de Chris Magwood
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Sustainable building from the ground up - the pros and cons of the latest green and natural materials and technologies

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.

Jen Feigin is a designer, carpenter and natural builder specializing in sustainable design with a strong focus on straw bale wall systems and many other natural building techniques. Together with Chris Magwood, Jen is a founder and director of the Endeavour Centre for Innovative Building and Living based in Peterborough, Ont. She own...
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Titre :Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors
Format :Couverture souple
Dimensions de l'article :464 pages, 8.88 X 8.01 X 1.05 po
Dimensions à l'expédition :464 pages, 8.88 X 8.01 X 1.05 po
Publié le :1 mars 2014
Publié par :New Society Publishers
Langue :anglais
Convient aux âges :Tous les âges
ISBN - 13 :9780865717060

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