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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies (Dec 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470175591
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470175590
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Reduce waste, speed construction, and save money

The fun and easy way® to plan and build your dream green home

Want to build responsibly and help preserve the environment? This friendly, step-by-step guide introduces you to every facet of green building and remodeling, from sizing up construction sites and selecting materials to working with green professionals, reducing energy and water use, and weighing the pros and cons of popular green building methods.

Discover how to:

  • Identify green materials

  • Put together a team of green professionals

  • Work within your budget

  • Use green building methods and sustainable systems

  • Avoid costly mistakes

About the Author

Eric Corey Freed teaches sustainable design at the Academy of Art University and the University of Claifornia, Berkeley. He sits on the board of numerous environmentally focused nonprofits and museums.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Norma Lehmeierhartie on April 16 2008
Format: Paperback
Green architect Eric Corey Freed knows his stuff and it shows in Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies.

Freed makes green building and remodeling approachable and very doable.

I like the checklists throughout the book and the perfect green rooms, both of which make understanding the big picture easy.

Freed does an excellent job in explaining the advantages of building green for the health of the occupants and the environment.

If you've ever wondered what the true environmental cost of a particular product is, Freed does a great job of explaining it in "the life cycle of materials from cradle to grave." If you didn't "get" greeen before, this section will show you how important it is to look at the entire life cycle of a product to determine how green--or not--a particular product is.

I also liked the handy list of green material substitutes which make purchasing very easy.

The book was very readable and concise and even fun to read. I highly recommend it.

By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donn Hilton on Aug. 3 2011
Format: Paperback
This book gives a pretty good cross section of green building methods without giving much detail of anything. Previous to that I purchased a book called The Green Home. It had somewhat different focus. It seems like if you want to cover a subject well you have to expect it necessary to buy several books. I was particularly interested in reading about ICF technology (insulated concrete forms) but there was very little in this book about that. Still, though, it has a lot of useful material that would be helpful planning any type of home. The Green Home type books usually spend a good deal of time talking about the benefits of not using materials containing formaldehyde glues. Great stuff to know if you want a healthy home.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book March 26 2008
By Norma Lehmeierhartie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Green architect Eric Corey Freed knows his stuff and it shows in Green Building and Remodeling for Dummies.

Freed makes green building and remodeling approachable and very doable.

I like the checklists throughout the book and the perfect green rooms, both of which make understanding the big picture easy.

Freed does an excellent job in explaining the advantages of building green for the health of the occupants and the environment.

If you've ever wondered what the true environmental cost of a particular product is, Freed does a great job of explaining it in "the life cycle of materials from cradle to grave." If you didn't "get" greeen before, this section will show you how important it is to look at the entire life cycle of a product to determine how green--or not--a particular product is.

I also liked the handy list of green material substitutes which make purchasing very easy.

The book was very readable and concise and even fun to read. I highly recommend it.

By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Myth busting through and through Dec 12 2007
By James Simon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Green Building & Remodeling for DUMMIES is the right information at the right time. This book answers every specific question I have come up with. It dispells many old myths about green building, and teaches that green is not only accessible, but it's enjoyable. You can't calculate the $$ payback of a more comfortable home. You can't put a $$ value on the improved respiuratory health that improved indoor air quality provides. But you can take those monthly energy and water savings to the bank every month. Thanks to Mr. Freed for his passion and his pragmatism.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A brief comment June 20 2008
By Magellan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a number of the Dummies books on various topics, and had an interest in how one might "green" an existing home, or build a new one. One thing I learned recently is that 50% of the energy lost from a typical house is due to poor building insulation, and that's one area in which most houses, depending on where in the U.S. they're built, could be improved. Since we wanted to beef up our house's insulation, we had a type of insulation installed that was more green than the other choices, and that is equally effective. If you're building a house from scratch, this book has a lot more information on many other topics relating to green building, including materials, construction, design ideas, energy saving tips and ideas, and many more topics on the subject.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Well Organized and Very Helpful March 11 2008
By Casey Carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book gives a great overview of various green building options for homes. It has a lot of practical and useful information for the beginner or even the advanced green building enthusiast. It also contains a really helpful list of resources for further research. I would have liked a little more information on solar and geothermal, but the book isn't designed to give thoroughly detailed information about every option. I would highly recommend this book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great idea book! Oct. 8 2008
By A. Gschwilm - Published on Amazon.com
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We are planning to build a house sometime in the next 2 years and we just wantedto get a little info on how we could "green it up" a little. Well this book was full of valuable info! There were so many things that were listed in this book that we had no clue about. Before we thought that we would just try to do a few easy little things to help the enivironment, but now we are thinkng of building a almost completely Green home. We found out from reading this book that it will save us lots of $$$$ in the future and that a lot of things aren't too expensive. Plus saving the earth is at the top of the list. If you just want to get some basic ideas about how to get started then this is the book for you. If you already know about the basics and you want more detailed info on how to do things like solar pannels and such, then you should go for the "dummies" books on each individual subject. That will help you a lot more. Go Green and save the earth!


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