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Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction. By David Johnston and Scott Gibson. This reference on green, sustainable and energy-efficient home construction gives builders and architects the tools to respond to growing demands from homeowners for green and energy-efficient new or remodeled houses. It includes information on site-related issues, landscaping, durability, and energy-efficiency. Homeowners can use the book to understand concepts, process, and options, whether they're doing it themselves or working with a professional. More...

Choosing Green: The Homebuyer's Guide to Good Green Homes. By Jerry Yudelson. Energy-efficient, non-toxic, healthy homes are the hottest trend in the building industry. 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. Easy-to-use tables, charts, maps, score sheets, and checklists. More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

Building Green: A Complete How-To Guide to Alternative Building Methods. By Clarke Snell and Tim Callahan. From site selection to the addition of final-touch interior details, follow the real construction of an alternative house incorporating straw bale, cob, cordwood, and modified stick frame building methods. Discusses the fundamental concepts of construction, substitutes for conventional approaches, and how to plan a home that's not only comfortable and beautiful, but environmentally responsible. More than 1,200 close-up photographs, along with in-depth descriptions. More...

Green Building Products, 3rd Edition: The GreenSpec Guide to Residential Building Materials. Edited by Alex Wilson and Mark Piepkorn. Descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more than 1,400 environmentally preferable building 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. More...

The New Ecological Home: Complete Guide to Green Building Options. By Dan Chiras. Provides an overview of green building techniques, materials, products, and technologies that are either currently available or will be in the near future. A wealth of up-to-date, practical information for homebuyers, owner-builders, and anyone interested in building for a sustainable future. More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

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Agora Borealis: Engaging in Sustainable Architecture. By Vivian Manasc and Cheryl Mahaffy. A look at the world of sustainable architecture. Includes case studies and also stories of a team, its challenges and triumphs, as it works to create sustainable buildings. Color images, black and white photography, sketches and quotes. More... | Vivian Manasc EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Art of Natural Building. Edited by Joseph F. Kennedy et al. A user-friendly introduction to natural building for non-professionals as well as architects and designers. Packed with resources, it is an encyclopedia of natural building. More... | Joseph F. Kennedy EcoSpeakers Info >>

Building Without Borders: Sustainable Construction for the Global Village. By Joseph E. Kennedy. Describes pioneering efforts to create sustainable shelter for the billions currently under-housed. It surveys projects around the world that are housing the homeless (without destroying natural habitats to do so) by drawing upon local traditions such as bamboo, straw bale and earthen construction. More... | Joseph E. Kennedy EcoSpeakers Info >>

Cordwood Building. By Rob Roy. Cordwood building is an ancient technique where walls are constructed from "log ends" laid transversely in the wall. It is easy, economical, esthetically striking, energy-efficient, and environmentally sound. More... | Rob Roy EcoSpeakers Info >>

Developing Green: Strategies for Success. By Jerry Yudelson. Green building and development is a major industry trend. This book helps in understanding how to build a business case and take advantage of tenants' and owners' interest in green development. It includes insider tips to approaching the LEED rating system strategically. More... | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

Earth-Sheltered Houses: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home. By Rob Roy. A practical guide for those who want to build their own underground home at moderate cost. It describes the benefits of sheltering a home with earth, including the added comfort and energy efficiency from the moderating influence of the earth on the home's temperature, low maintenance, and protection against fire, sound, earthquake and storm. More… | Rob Roy EcoSpeakers Info >>

Green Building A to Z: Understanding the Language of Green Building. By Jerry Yudelson. An informative, technically accurate and highly visual guide to green building. It outlines the benefits and costs of green buildings and discusses issues such as enhancing water conservation, reducing energy use, and creating a conservation economy. More than just a reference, this book emphasizes the importance of green buildings and green developments for a sustainable future. It will be an invaluable resource for businesspeople, homeowners, product manufacturers, developers, building industry professionals and government officials. More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

Green Building Through Integrated Design. By Jerry Yudelson. This comprehensive guide covers the entire process of building a certified green building. You'll get expert insight into tackling various projects, from concept and design, to unifying members of the team, to constructing high-performance buildings on time and within standard budgets. More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

Green Building Trends: Europe. By Jerry Yudelson. The green building revolution is a worldwide movement for energy-efficient, environmentally aware architecture and design. Europe has been in the forefront of green building technology, and this book provides a primer on new technologies, systems, and regulatory approaches in Western Europe that can be adopted in North America. More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

Marketing Green Building Services: Strategies for Success. By Jerry Yudelson. Presents the information key decision-makers need to respond to the fast-growing market for green buildings, design and construction services and products. The book systematically examines the important market segments for green buildings. It also presents key business case justifications for green buildings that help architects, engineers and builders to understand client motivations and respond to them with appropriate marketing tactics and communications strategies. Includes information that will help manufacturers and product sales teams to craft appropriate marketing strategies. More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Natural House: A Complete Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes. By Dan Chiras. An overview of the pros and cons of fourteen natural building methods. Includes straw bale, rammed earth, cob, cordwood, adobe, earthbags, papercrete, and more. The common goal is to create a house that is economical, energy efficient, nontoxic, and pleasing. This comprehensive sourcebook offers in-depth information that will guide your choice of the materials and methods for building a sustainable natural home. More… | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Natural Plaster Book. By Dan Chiras and Cedar Rose Guelberth. For builders of natural homes (straw bale, cob, adobe, rammed earth, and other natural materials), this unique step-by-step guide takes the confusion out of choosing, mixing, and applying natural plasters. More... | Dan Chiras EcoSpeakers Info >>

Stoneview: How to Build an Eco-friendly Little Guesthouse. By Rob Roy. Over 130 clear line drawings and step-by-step images provide the reader with all the information needed to build an octagonal cordwood masonry timber-framed guesthouse with a living roof from start to finish. A full-color section shows off the beautiful design features of this charming "green" cabin. More… | Rob Roy EcoSpeakers Info >>

Timber Framing for the Rest of Us: A Guide to Contemporary Post and Beam Construction. By Rob Roy. Describes the timber framing methods used by most contractors, farmers, and owner-builders, methods that use modern metal fasteners, special screws, and common sense building principles. Includes everything an owner-builder needs to know about building strong and beautiful structural frames from heavy timbers. More… | Rob Roy EcoSpeakers Info >>

Books From Resellers

Doors, Windows & Skylights. By Alan Ahlstrand. New doors, windows, and skylights can make a big improvement in a home’s appearance and energy efficiency. This book covers selection, installation, maintenance, and repair. More...

Ecological Design. By Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan. A vision of how the living world and the human world can be rejoined by taking ecology as the basis for design. Weaves together case studies, personal anecdotes, images, and theory. More...

Greed to Green: the Transformation of an Industry and a Life. By David Gottfried. One man's journey, from greedy real estate developer to a founder of the green building movement. Gottfried transformed not only his life, but also the world. More... | David Gottfried EcoSpeakers Info >>

The Green Building Revolution. By Jerry Yudelson. Introduces the basics of green building and the projects and people that are advancing it. Shows both why and how to start thinking about designing, building, and operating high performance, environmentally aware buildings on conventional budgets. Outlines the broader "journey to sustainability" influenced by the green building revolution and provides a solid business case for accelerating this trend. Illustrated with more than 50 photos, tables, and charts, and filled with timely information, the definitive description of a major movement that's poised to transform our world. More… | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

Marketing Green Buildings. By Jerry Yudelson. Covers tools and techniques from conventional marketing that can be used effectively in marketing green buildings, the size and potential of the green buildings market, and how a firm should position itself to succeed. Includes clear descriptions of successful strategies and approaches to marketing and selling green building-related services, as well as up-to-date information on the role of LEED in green building projects. More... | Jerry Yudelson EcoSpeakers Info >>

Recycled as Restaurants. By Virginia Croft. Adaptive reuse is one of the strongest trends in architecture. Recycled as Restaurants features case studies and color photographs showing the beauty of spaces “recycled as restaurants.” More...

Straw Bale Building. By Chris Magwood and Peter Mack. Leads the builder through the practical issues. Offers a wide variety of aesthetic and building options, from multi-story to simple. Includes drawings, photos and plans. More...

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