Green Building Books & DVDs


Getting to Zero Energy Homes

Toward a Zero Energy Home

A complete guide to energy self-sufficiency at home A Zero Energy Home (ZEH) — a home that produces as much energy as it consumes — is an idea whose time has come! Authors David Johnston and Scott Gibson (Green from the Ground Up) explore the design and construction of self-sufficient houses from start to finish.

Publisher: Taunton (2010)
Language: English
ISBN 978-1-60085-143-8
Product #071287



Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction (Builder’s Guide) [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)

by David Johnston (Author), Scott Gibson (Author)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Taunton (April 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 156158973X
ISBN-13: 978-1561589739

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.

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Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time (Paperback)

by David Johnston (Author)
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: New Society Publishers (September 1, 2004)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0865714983
ISBN-13: 978-0865714984

Green Remodeling is a comprehensive guide. It first points out the advantages of remodeling. Buildings are responsible for 40% of worldwide energy flow and material use; so how you remodel can make a difference. Upgrading furnaces, cabinets and toilets means less fossil fuel pollution, reduced resource depletion, and fewer health risks. Green remodeling is more energy-efficient, more resource-conserving, healthier for occupants and more affordable to create, operate and maintain.

The book then discusses simple green renovation solutions for homeowners, focusing on key aspects of the building including foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, heating and finishes. Room by room, it outlines the intricate connections that make the house work as a system. For example, how new windows may affect the structure and mechanical systems of the rooms below, the health of the family, and the future of old-growth forests. Then, in an easy-to-read format complete with checklists, personal stories, expert insights and an extensive resource list, it covers easy ways to save energy, conserve natural resources, and protect the health of loved ones. Addressing all climates, this is a perfect resource for conventional homeowners, as well as architects and remodeling contractors.

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Building Green in a Black and White World (Paperback)

by David Johnston (Author)
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Home Builder Press (January 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0867185074
ISBN-13: 978-0867185072

Building Green in a Black and White World transforms the rising interest in living in green homes into practical ways to satisfy the environmentally conscious homebuyer. Drawing on over 30 years in the building industry, David Johnston provides a guide for both builders and buyers to everything from the home design process through to green substitutes for products ranging from foundations to roofs, along with case studies of successful green companies and useful resources.

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Green Building: Your Edge in the Home Building Marketplace (DVD-ROM)

by David Johnston (Author), Marc Richmond (Author), R. David Bierman (Author)
Publisher: What’s Working; DVD edition (April 1, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0977194418
ISBN-13: 978-0977194414

This video version of David Johnston’s acclaimed seminar provides practical information about building in ways that are energy-conscious, healthy and environmentally responsible. Covers: energy efficiency, resource conservation, indoor air quality, and mold and moisture management.

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