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Green from the Ground Up

by David Johnson and Scott Gibson

Green construction is the building trend of the decade – and being demanded by more and more home buyers in search of sustainable, healthy and energy-efficient homes. Here you’ll learn how to apply the most forward-thinking and proven methods of green construction to the homes you build or remodel.

You’ll find details for planning, material selection, energy efficiency and indoor air quality – detailing 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.

Filled with hundreds of clear full-color photos that illustrate every aspect of building green – including, foundations, framing, roofs and attics, doors and windows, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, insulation, siding and decking, ventilation, solar energy, interior finishes, landscaping, and more. Even includes tips on reducing air leakage and sound transmission.



Green Building Basics, 5
Green Is No Longer on the Fringe, 6
Lots of Green, Few Improving Concrete Common Standards, 8
Dealing with the World Controlling Moisture around Us, 13

The House as a System, 23
How Heat Is Transferred, 5
Thermal Transmission, 26
Controlling Heat Flow, 28
Air Leakage, 29
Air Barriers, 31
Airflow Mechanisms, 32
Tight Houses Need Makes Sense, 96
The Many Faces of Water, 35
Controlling Sound Transmission, 38
Putting It All Together, 40

Planning and Design, 43
Get the Team on Board, 44
Sitting a House for Comfort, 46
Planning for Water Management, 64

Foundations, 67
Foundations Should Be Insulated, 67
Forming Foundations with Wood, 69
Improving Concrete with Fly Ash, 79
Controlling Moisture around Foundations, 80
Make Crawl Spaces Generous, 81

Framing, 83
Advanced Framing Reduces Waste, 84
We Have Tree Farms, Not Forests, 89
Engineered Lumber Makes Sense, 96
Using Steel Studs with Recycled Content, 99
Structural Insulated Panels Are Fast, 101
Timber-Frame Construction, 106

Roofs and Attics, 109
Frame with Trusses, 110
Attic Ductwork, 111
Superinsulated Attics and Roofs, 114
Stopping Air Leaks at the Ceiling, 115
Sheathing and Roof Membranes, 118
Roofing Materials, 120
Light Colors Reduce Heat Gain, 126
Really Green Roofs, 127

Windows and Doors, 129
Window Frames, 133
Glazing, 137
Preventing Air and Water Leaks, 144
Insulating Windows Themselves, 148
Skylights and Light Tubes, 148
Doors, 149

Plumbing, 155
Distributing Hot Water Efficiently, 156
Water Heaters, 159
Eliminating the Wait for Hot Water, 162
Insulate All Hot Water Pipes, 164
Saving Water by Reducing Flow, 166
Plumbing for Gray Water, 168
Appliances That Save, 170

Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning, 173
Designing a System, 174
Forced-Air Systems, 175
Radiant Systems, 182
Heating Appliances, 184
Geothermal Systems, 187
Ventilation, 189
Cooling, 192

Electrical, 197
What Drives Demand?, 198
Lighting, 199
Lighting Design, 201
Energy-Efficient Appliances, 203
Electric Heating, 204
Solar and Wind, 204

Insulation, 207
Old Assumptions Don't Work, 209
Form Follows Function, 210
Making Sense of Insulation Choices, 213
Loose-Fill Insulation, 218
Spray-In Insulation, 220
Rigid Foam, 222
Radiant Barriers, 226

Siding and Decking, 227
Drainage Planes, 228
Siding Materials, 233
Decking, 242

Solar Energy, 251
Solar Hot Water, 253
Solar Collectors, 258
Active Solar Space Heating, 260
Photovoltaics, 262

Indoor Air Quality, 273
Setting Standards for Exposure, 274
Contaminants and Their Impact on Health, 275
Building Products That Off-Gas, 280
The Cure for Dirty Air, 282

Interior Finishes, 287
Choosing Environmentally Friendly Products, 287
Drywall, 291
Paints, Finishes, and Adhesives, 293
Interior Cabinets, 295
Countertops, 297
Green Flooring, 303

Landscaping, 311
Evaluate Site and Climate, 312
Working with What's There, 315
Integrated Pest Management, 321

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About the Authors:

David Johnston is a leader in the green building movement, transforming the way we think about the American home. His approach to green building has been embraced by building professionals, municipalities, homeowners, and sustainability advocates nationwide.

Scott Gibson is a freelance writer and contributing editor to Fine Homebuilding magazine.

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