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Choosing Green (PDF)
The Home Buyer's Guide to Good Green Homes
Energy efficient, non-toxic, healthy homes are the hottest trend in the building industry. Homebuilders are constructing green homes in astonishing numbers-nearly 200,000 in the US alone in 2006.
How does a home buyer who wants a green home know what to look for, what questions to ask a builder, which green home rating systems to trust, and what homes are on the market? Nationally recognized green-building expert Jerry Yudelson provides answers to some common areas of concern, including:
- Energy-efficient home features
- Water conservation fixtures
- Non-toxic finishes
- Green products
- Healthy indoor air
Drawing from the expertise of dozens of homebuilders, government officials and green home experts, Choosing Green deftly takes the reader through these considerations with easy-to-use tables, charts, maps, score sheets and checklists.
The book includes a glossary of green building terms, an extensive resource section and a list of homebuilders, green rating programs and financial incentives. This comprehensive book provides homebuyers with everything they will need to make a successful search for their own green home.
Jerry Yudelson, PE, LEED® Fellow, is the author of 13 full-length professional and trade books on green buildings, integrated design, green homes, water conservation, building performance and sustainable development. Dubbed 'The Godfather of Green' by Wired Magazine, his passion for optimizing the built environment is reflected by his many years of professional experience in the green building and certification fields, serving as an elected LEED Fellow and as president of the Green Building Initiative. Jerry also served on the national board of the USGBC and chaired the Steering Committee for the largest green building show, Greenbuild, from 2004 â 2009. His previous books include Dry Run, Choosing Green and Green Building A to Z.
Why Certification Systems Aren't Working and What We Can Do About It
Understanding Energy and Moisture in High Performance House Design
Earth, Lime and Gypsum Plasters for Natural Homes
Homes That Heal (and those that don't)
How Your Home May be Harming Your Family's Health
Understanding the Language of Green Building