Synopses & Reviews
A thorough, informative, and up-to-date reference on green, sustainable and energy-efficient home construction that clarifies definitions of green and sustainable and guides builders and architects through the process of new or remodel green construction, including issues of site, landscaping, durability, and energy-efficiency. It starts with clear explanations of the concepts and fundamentals of green, healthy and energy-efficient construction and walks the reader through the entire construction process, injecting expert advice at every decision point. Construction techniques, materials, and products are thoroughly explained, making the often vaguely understood concepts cleanly understandable. The book gives builders and architects the tools to respond to growing requests from homeowners for green and energy-efficient houses, whether new or remodeled. Homeowners can use the book to understand the concepts, process, and options, whether they're doing it themselves or working with a professional.
"A refreshing and comprehensive step-by-step course in green building, packed with both solid building science and common sense solutions."
-Helen English, executive director of Sustainable Buildings Industry Council
""Green From the Ground Up" overflows with details and practical content that is hard to find anywhere else...an essential resource for any building professional that will be a valuable reference tool for years to come."
-Brian Gitt, CEO of Build It Green
"Within 5 to 10 years, all contractors will need to know how to execute a green remodel. From framing and foundations to plumbing and interior finishes, "Green From the Ground Up" puts that information in our hands."
-Dan Taddei, director of education, National Association of the Remodeling Industry
Labelled a Builder's Guide, this book is the next step up from the Dummies tome. It's written for builders and architects, but is a valuable resource for the advanced DIY person or the homeowner who wants to talk turkey with the pros on eco-friendly construction and energy efficiency. Topics range from selecting your building site and landscaping to tankless hot water systems and the insulating value of different window frame materials. --Ottawa Citizen (Canada)
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.
This thorough, informative, and up-to-date reference on environmentally conscious, energy-efficient home construction gives builders and architects the tools to respond to growing requests from homeowners for green houses.
No project has more universal appeal among woodworkers at every skill level than the blanket chest. It’s a simple form — essentially a large box with a lid — and yet it can be complex, elaborate, and intricately detailed. This collection of 30 original designs by artisans from around the globe illustrates the versatility of the chest, one of the oldest forms of furniture. The book opens with an overview of chest-building techniques; following are the chests, each of which features design and construction details, working drawings, and technical details of the more challenging pieces. Chests range from traditional to contemporary and offer inspiration to woodworkers and furniture makers of all skill levels. Approximately 200 photos and 50 drawings illustrate these designs.
Highlighted by more than 350 full-color photographs and illustrations, a comprehensive study of sustainable, energy-efficient, and healthful home construction offers a detailed explanation of green building fundamentals that covers such topics as site planning, materials selection, efficient energy alternatives, indoor air quality, and more at every stage in the construction process, from framing to finishes. Original.
About the Author
Nationally recognized green building expert, author, and lecturer David Johnston has been a leading thinker behind the green building movement. He created the first green remodeling program in the country and his approach to green building has been embraced by cities, building professionals, and sustainability advocates nationwide. Johnston has represented the United States internationally to develop international research agreements on sustainable construction. He designed the Denver Metro Home Builders Association's Built Green Program and the Boulder Build Green Program. What's Working, Inc., the company he founded, has offices in California and Colorado.
Table of Contents
Red Leaf Chest/Michael Cullen/Petaluma, California
A Boat Builder’s Chest /Ejler Hjorth-Westh/Elk, California
Chest in the Round/Gregory Smith/Fort Bragg, California
Dogwood Blanket Chest/Craig Thibodeau/San Diego, California
Celebrating Arts and Crafts/Darrell Peart/Seattle, Washington
The Un-Chest/Robert Schultz/Kimberly, Wisconsin
Danika’s Chest/Ted Blachl/ Warner, New Hampshire
Chest as Storyteller/Jeffrey Cooper/Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Cabinetmaking Traditions/Bruce Eaton/Hampton, New Hampshire
A Chest for Work/Terry Moore/Wilmot, New Hampshire
Waterfall Chest/Brian Sargent/New Hampshire
Bermudan Chest/Austin Matheson/Rockport, Maine
Plain and Simple/John McAlevey/Warren, Maine
Flower Power/Brian Reid/Rockland, Maine
Modern Lines/Libby Schrum/Camden, Maine
Hadley Inspired/David Stenstrom/Portland, Maine
Wood that Flows/Peter Turner/South Portland, Maine
Alabama Man/J-P Vilkman/Portland, Maine
Simply Proportions/Liza Wheeler/Belfast, Maine
Unexpected Details/Carol Bass/Yarmouth, Maine
Curly Cherry Classic/Charles Durfee/Woolwich, Maine
Box of Blue/Garrett Hack/Thetford Center, Vermont
A Wedding Chest/Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez/Boston, Massachusetts
Sea Chest/Mitch Ryerson/Cambridge, Massachusetts
Little House/Peter Pierobon/Vancouver, Canada
Treasure Chest/Chris Wong/Port Moody, British Columbia
Function Meets Elegance/Shona Kinniburgh/Glasgow, Scotland
A Pair of Oak Chests/Stephen Lamont/Alton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
A Chest for Life/Salruck, Renvyle/County Galway, Ireland
Chest of Blankets/Richard Vaughan/Queensland, Australia