Green construction is the building trend of the decade. In direct response to the growing demand for sustainable, healthy, and energy-efficient homes, David Johnston and Scott Gibson present the most forward-thinking theories and the best proven methods of new and remodeled green construction. They begin with down-to-earth explanations of green building basics and move on to site planning, materials selection, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality — detailing along the way every step in design and construction, from framing to finishes.A must-have reference for contractors who want to remain competitive, Green from the Ground Up is also a remarkable resource for homeowners who require the clearest and most thorough green building information available.Community Review
Very well written book with lots of good information on building green – the book is written from a builder perspective while I am reading from a person who wants to build a new house. Regardless, very good information on all the aspects of building green and how you cannot just add insulation, or go solar but how the full package is important. One of the reasons I purchased this book was that it appeared to be the most current – after reading the full book, it is clear that this is an update of an older book and some of the information seem a bit dated but still relevant. It is a quick read — just a few days and lots of relevant information so I have some knowledge when I talk to the builder.
- This book is a guide to help one understand the principles of how to build Green and why. It is not a sales pitch for green like other publications with lots of why but nothing about how. It presents a variety of possibilities depending on how the build needs to be done and an understanding of what’s the best choice under the circumstances for the specific build. It also ties the various aspects of the build together to show how one part effects another.
I am doing a major overhaul of a property and appreciated the comment early in the book not to worry about going backwards but from where my build started making good choices for the rest of the project. With the information I have from the book backed up by those I’m working with I have confidence that I will end up with a great overhaul.
- A informative book on what to do in designing and building an efficient house.
This book is written mostly for cold climates, vice hot climates. It has a lot of high level knowledge about a house and the systems that can be utilized for efficiency. I ignored the parts that dealt with global warming and energy running out, as they are not really important to how the house should be designed and built.
They have done an excellent job of looking at what can be done today, and what makes sense to do in building a house. They seem to be more aimed at temperate and cold climates in the USA, and do not pay as much attention to hot climates, and what can be done in a hot climate to keep the place cool. In particular, what to do about windows, and house orientation etc. In temperate and cold climates, having lots of south facing windows and the thermal mass for the winter time makes sense. What are their recommendations for hot climates, where solar heating is not really needed in the house, except perhaps for a short period in the winter time? Good job. Interesting and informative book with lots of illustrations and photographs.
This book is one of Better sustainable technique to design a building or home. This expands the concept on how to perserve energy. the way the build is building, type of materials, compare from standards to sustainable building. If you value your home and plan to live in long term, remodel with tips from this book to become your home an efficient.
I checked this book out of the library but feel it’s such an important book, thatI ended up buying a copy on amazon to keep in my permanent book collection. My only regret is that I did not read it before building a “green” home in a rural area. Although some of the author’s suggestions are not practical (people like myself who live in extremely rural areas with few people/neighbors cannot logistically be without a car, cannot expect public transportation, cannot have interdependent/cooperative relationships with neighbors if there are no neighbors, cannot have conveniences such as medical clinic, shopping etc. in one “village” (I have to go 30 miles one way to buy food and other supplies)etc. But he does expose the farce that is green energy today (for instance, our house is solar powered with a battery bank – but in 7 years when the batteries wear out, they will be an environmental landfill nightmare). OTOH, his suggestion to use more passive solar is right on – and it’s free (just build lots of windows on your southern and western sides). Our house gets to about 65 degrees F even on terribly cold days due to passive solar. I highly recommend that you read this book if you are hoping to live a “greener” lifestyle.
Brings new thinking to the environmental scene. Tries to go to the root cause of environmental problems and how the unintended consequences of some policies, when applied, can be detrimental. It is a balanced response to the fanatical climate change activists who seem to have an answer for everything. Well worth reading and thinking about the author’s approach to environmental sustainability.