Synopses & Reviews
Ultimate Guide to Green Remodeling goes beyond other home improvement books in that it shows homeowners how they can take part in the "green" revolution when remodeling their homes. Through common remodeling projects, such as replacing kitchen cabinets and installing new countertops, readers are presented with choices for using green, nontoxic building materials and techniques. Some of the topics covered include reducing home energy use, selecting nontoxic materials, saving water, and supporting the environment through the use of products that are manufactured responsibly or that come from sustainable natural resources.
Ultimate Guide to Green Remodeling shows homeowners how they can take part in the "green" revolution through remodeling. Some of the topics covered include reducing home energy use, selecting nontoxic products, saving water, and supporting the environment through the use of products that support responsible manufacturing and the sustainable harvesting of natural resources.
"Green Remodeling" shows homeowners how they can take part in environmentally friendly techniques when remodeling. Some of the topics covered include reducing home energy use, selecting nontoxic products, saving water, and more.
About the Author
John D. Wagner has been involved with the construction trade for over 20 years. His work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Journal of Light Construction, Builder, and Todays Homeowner
. He is also the founder of the magazine Green Builder
. Wagner is the author of four other Creative Homeowner books: House Framing; Drywall: Pro Tips for Hanging & Finishing; Barns, Sheds and Outbuildings, and Ultimate Guide to Yard and Garden Sheds
. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Getting started
Finding a green contractor Finding green information Demolition and health basics Health risks Dust control Asbestos and lead Disposal of toxic debris Chapter 2: Building Basics
Foundations Your green choices Interior and exterior walls Sheetgoods, lumber, drywall How-to installation Your green choices Mold control Dust control Doors and windows How-to installation Your green choices Flashing and weatherproofing Insulation How-to installation Closed-cell and open-cell foams Cementitious spray-applied insulation Flooring How-to basics Your green choices Refinishing floors with dustless sanding Chapter 3: Plumbing and Electrical
Your green choices for heating water, saving water Water filtration Electrical how-to Low-voltage wiring Chapter 4: Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning
How-to basics Your green choices Balanced systems Air filtration Duct sealants Geothermal ground-source heat pumps Chapter 5: Lighting
Lighting strategies How-to basics Your green choices Lighting alternatives Low-voltage Daylighting strategies Chapter 6: Trim and Finishes
How-to basics Your green choices Paint Polyurethane Natural finishes Chapter 7: Kitchen Remodeling
How-to basics Your green choices Appliances Countertops Cabinetry Chapter 8: Bathroom Remodeling
How-to basics Your green choices Materials Low-flow fixtures Chapter 9: Exteriors
Roofing basics Your green choices Reflective shingles Metal roofs Siding Pest control Your green choices Landscaping Your green choices Permeable pavers Permeable concrete Rainwater capture; runoff control Decks Your green choices