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Beschreibung

Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year, spending more money annually on renovation than on new-home construction. But renovations can be fraught with unintended consequences like indoor air pollution. How do you remodel in a healthy, environmentally friendly way?Green Remodeling is a comprehensive guide. It first points out the advantages of remodeling. Buildings are responsible for 40% of worldwide energy flow and material use, so how you remodel can make a difference. Upgrading furnaces, cabinets and toilets means less fossil fuel pollution, reduced resource depletion and fewer health risks. Green remodeling is more energy-efficient, more resource-conserving, healthier for occupants and creates buildings that are more affordable to build, operate and maintain.The book then discusses simple green renovation solutions for homeowners, focusing on key aspects of the building, including foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, heating and finishes. Room by room, it outlines the intricate connections that make the house work as a system. For example, how new windows may affect the structure and mechanical systems of the rooms below, the health of the family and the future of old-growth forests. Then, in an easy-to-read format complete with checklists, personal stories, expert insights and an extensive resource list, it covers easy ways to save energy, conserve natural resources and protect the health of loved ones. Addressing all climates, this is a perfect resource for conventional homeowners, as well as for architects and remodeling contractors.David Johnston was named one of the top 50 remodelers in the U.S. in 1990. He developed the first green remodeling program in the U.S. and is creating a national green certification program for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Kim Master is a green building consultant. Both are from Boulder, Colorado.

Autorentext

David Johnston has been developing green building programs for the last 10 years. Named one of the top 50 remodelers in the country by Remodeling Magazine in 1990, he developed the first green remodeling program in the country in Boulder, Colorado, trains remodelers across the US, and is creating a national green certification program for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. He is President of What's Working and Lightworks Construction, Inc. He is from Boulder, Colorado.



Klappentext

An encyclopedic how-to of all you need to make your home green

Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year, spending more money annually on renovation than on new home construction. But renovations can be fraught with unintended consequences like indoor air pollution. How do you remodel in a healthy, environmentally friendly way?

Green Remodeling is a comprehensive guide. It first points out the advantages of remodeling. Buildings are responsible for 40% of worldwide energy flow and material use; so how you remodel can make a difference. Upgrading furnaces, cabinets and toilets means less fossil fuel pollution, reduced resource depletion, and fewer health risks. Green remodeling is more energy-efficient, more resource-conserving, healthier for occupants and more affordable to create, operate and maintain.

The book then discusses simple green renovation solutions for homeowners, focusing on key aspects of the building including foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, heating and finishes. Room by room, it outlines the intricate connections that make the house work as a system. For example, how new windows may affect the structure and mechanical systems of the rooms below, the health of the family, and the future of old-growth forests. Then, in an easy-to-read format complete with checklists, personal stories, expert insights and an extensive resource list, it covers easy ways to save energy, conserve natural resources, and protect the health of loved ones. Addressing all climates, this is a perfect resource for conventional homeowners, as well as architects and remodeling contractors.



Inhalt

Acknowledgments

Foreword by Marc Richmond

Introduction
How to Use This Book

PART I - GETTING STARTED

CHAPTER 1
The Story of My Remodeling Project
My 1973 Vintage Home
My 2003 Office Addition
Remodeling: An Emotional Rollercoaster

CHAPTER 2
Affordable Green Dream
How Green Remodeling Saves Money
Financing Your Renovation
Choose the Options You Can Afford

CHAPTER 3
Working with Building Professionals
Working with an Architect
Working with Remodeling Contractors
Working with Your Emotions
Tools for Change

CHAPTER 4
Building Science Basics: The physics you never wanted to know in high school
Heat Movement: Thermodynamics
Air Movement
Water Movement

PART II - CHANGING THE WORLD ONE ROOM AT A TIME

CHAPTER 5
Changing the World
Energy
Natural Resources
Health and Indoor Air Quality

CHAPTER 6
... One Room at a Time
The Bathroom
The Kitchen
Room Additions
The Office
The Basement

PART III - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW (AND MORE)

CHAPTER 7
Job Site and Landscaping
Minimize Construction Site Disturbance
Minimize Renovation Construction Health Risks
Reduce Construction Waste

CHAPTER 8
Foundation

Insulating Foundations
The Foundation as a System

CHAPTER 9
Structural Framing

CHAPTER 10
Exterior Finish
Siding
Decking
Wood Treatments

CHAPTER 11
Roofing

CHAPTER 12
Plumbing
Installing and Improving Your Plumbing
Toilets
Plumbing Fixtures
Water Filtration
Water Filter Alternatives for Polluted or Brackish Areas

CHAPTER 13
Electrical
Daylighting
Electrical Lighting

CHAPTER 14
Insulation
Advanced Infiltration Reduction Practices

CHAPTER 15
Solar Energy
Passive Solar
Active Solar Collectors
Photovoltaic (PV) Energy

CHAPTER 16
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Heating
Ventilation
Air Conditioning

CHAPTER 17
Water Heating
Replacing Your Water Heater
Installing a Water Heater
Upgrading Your Water Heater

CHAPTER 18
Appliances

CHAPTER 19
Interior Materials/Finishes
Flooring
Paints and Wood Finishes

Epilogue 2025

Further Resources
Other Resources
Tools

Appendix 1: Indoor Air Pollutants

Appendix 2: Metric Conversion Tables

Endnotes
Glossary
Index
Abut the Authors

Produktinformationen

Titel: Green Remodeling
Untertitel: Changing the World One Room at a Time
Autor:
EAN: 9781550923872
ISBN: 978-1-55092-387-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: New Society Publishers
Genre: Recht, Beruf, Finanzen
Anzahl Seiten: 400
Veröffentlichung: 01.09.2004
Jahr: 2004
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 4.2 MB