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Green Building Products (PDF)
The GreenSpec Guide to Residential Building Materials-3rd Edition
Interest in sustainable, green building practices is greater than ever. Whether concerned about allergies, energy costs, old-growth forests, or durability and long-term value, homeowners and builders are looking for ways to ensure that their homes are healthy, safe, beautiful and efficient.
In these pages are descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more than 1,400 environmentally preferable products and materials. All phases of residential construction, from sitework to flooring to renewable energy, are covered. Products are grouped by function, and each chapter begins with a discussion of key environmental considerations, and what to look for in a green product. Over 40% revised, this updated edition includes over 120 new products. Categories of products include:
- Sitework and landscaping
- Outdoor structures
- Foundations, footers and slabs
- Structural systems and components
- Exterior finish and trim
- Doors and windows
- Flooring and floor coverings
- Interior finish and trim
- Caulks and adhesives
- Paints and coatings
- Mechanical systems/HVAC
- Plumbing, electrical and lighting
- Furniture and furnishings
- Renewable energy
- Distributors and retailers
An index of products and manufacturers makes for easy navigation. There is no more comprehensive resource for both the engaged homeowner and those who design and build homes.
Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and Executive Editor of Environmental Building News, the premier green building industry resource. A widely acknowledged green building expert for over 30 years, he has authored countless articles and several books including Green Building Products and The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.
Mark Piepkorn is associate editor of Environmental Building News and the lead products researcher for GreenSpec, both publications of BuildingGreen, Inc. Active in the natural building movement, Mark has also been the editor of The Last Straw, an international newsletter about straw-bale construction and natural building.
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