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By Paul Shepard

Paul Shepard used to be some of the most profound and unique thinkers of our time. Seminal works just like the smooth Carnivore and the Sacred video game, pondering Animals, and Nature and insanity brought readers to new and provocative rules approximately humanity and its courting to the flora and fauna. all through his lengthy and uncommon profession, Shepard again many times to his guiding subject matter, the significant guideline of his proposal: that Read more...

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If laid end to end, the framing lumber required to build an average-sized new home would stretch two and a half miles. 2 million new homes constructed in the United States each year were laid end to end, it would extend 3 million miles—to the moon and back six and a half times. Many other countries also rely heavily on forests for wood. Humankind’s massive demand for timber results in extensive tree cutting. In many regions, timber harvesting is carried out with little concern for the environment.

CONTENTS Acknowledgments Introduction Creating Sustainable Shelter Part One Setting the Framework Chapter 1 Green Building and Beyond:Where Do You Begin? Chapter 2 Site Matters: Site Selection and Protection Part Two Green Building and Remodeling Chapter 3 The Healthy House Chapter 4 Green Building Materials Chapter 5 Wood-Wise Construction Chapter 6 Energy-Efficient Design and Construction Chapter 7 Accessibility, Ergonomics, and Adaptability Chapter 8 Using Concrete and Steel to Build Green Chapter 9 Natural Building Chapter 10 Earth-Sheltered Architecture Part Three Sustainable Systems Chapter 11 Passive Solar Heating Chapter 12 Passive Cooling Chapter 13 Green Power: Electricity from the Sun and Wind Chapter 14 Water and Waste: Sustainable Approaches Chapter 15 Environmental Landscaping Epilogue Making Your Dream Come True Resource Guide Appendix A Green Building Recommendations Appendix B EarthCraft houseSM Checklist Appendix C Built Green Communities Checklist Appendix D State Energy Offices Glossary ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I am deeply indebted to the numerous people who have aided me in the preparation of this book, answering questions, sending information, or simply steering me in the right direction.

Green builders are creating shelter that is good for people, the planet, and our economy, satisfying the triple bottom line. Green building programs are yet another heartening sign of change. S. cities, counties, and states have established green building programs that certify homes built to meet standards for efficiency and the use of healthy, low-environmental-impact building materials. Austin’s Green Building Program, the first of its kind and a spark plug for the movement, supplies a wealth of information on products that homeowners and builders can use to make homes healthier, safer, more economical, and more environmentally friendly.

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