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Green Building Products: The GreenSpec Guide to Residential Building Materials-3rd Edition Paperback – Mar 1 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers; 3 edition (March 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865716005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865716001
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
  • Decking
  • Foundations, footers and slabs
  • Structural systems and components
  • Sheathing
  • Exterior finish and trim
  • Roofing
  • Doors and windows
  • Insulation
  • Flooring and floor coverings
  • Interior finish and trim
  • Caulks and adhesives
  • Paints and coatings
  • Mechanical systems/HVAC
  • Plumbing, electrical and lighting
  • Appliances
  • 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.


About the Author

Alex Wilson is President of Building-Green, an authoritative source for information on environmentally responsible design and construction, which also publishes Environmental Building News. Co-editor Mark Piepkorn has extensive experience with natural and traditional building methods.

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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A 'must' for any collection regularly catering to builders and owner-builders Oct. 12 2008
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Interest in green, sustainable building practices is great and the prior editions of GREEN BUILDING PRODUCTS have helped builders choose among the latest offerings, so any library strong in homeowner construction or builder guides needs the revised edition, which provides descriptions and manufacturer contact details for over 1,600 environmentally preferable products and materials. A 'must' for any collection regularly catering to builders and owner-builders.

Diane C. Donovan
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Green Building Products 3rd Edition Feb. 6 2009
By Muriel Lawty - Published on
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This book is organized like a catalogue with a discussion at the beginning of each section about the product types reviewed and then brief descriptions of each product including contact information for each manufacturer. I bought it as a text for "Green Building Materials" offered at North Seattle Community College - great class, great program.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Green Building Products Nov. 5 2011
By Darose - Published on
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Excellent resource guide for green building materials and products, especially for certified companies. However, I recommend researching / considering other local material and product sources for your project that may not be listed in this "Green Spec Guide". Not all companies that carry sustainable materials and products meet the full set of requirements needed to be ceritified. So in the full spirit of sustainability, you may be able to find sources more local to your project that will not need to be transported as far, therefore contributing to a reduction in the overall carbon footprint of your project. This detail and others are very important for sustainable considerations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Green Building Products 3rd Edition Oct. 4 2010
By John P. Notarangelo - Published on
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Great book .... lot's of products to consider when re-habbing or building a new home. Very easily organized together to compare materials etc...