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The New Ecological Home: A Complete Guide to Green Building Options

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Название: The New Ecological Home: A Complete Guide to Green Building Options
Автор: Dan Chiras
Издательство: Chelsea Green Publishing
Год: 2004
Формат: epub
Страниц: 336
Размер: 11.5 Mb
Язык: English

Shelter, like many other elements of human existence, comes at an extraordinary cost to our planet and its inhabitants. In the U.S. alone, construction of 1.2 million new homes a year results in a massive drain on Earth's natural resource base. Today, nearly 60 percent of all timber cut in the U.S. is used in building houses, not to mention construction wastes and the huge amounts of resources used in the day-to-day operation of the "modern" household. In addition to environmental costs, there are the personal economic costs—the thousands of dollars each homeowner spends each year to heat, cool, and power our homes.
Today, a new generation of architects and builders is emerging, intent on creating homes that meet human needs for shelter while causing only a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional housing. The New Ecological Home provides an overview of green building techniques, materials, products, and technologies that are either currently available or will be in the near future. Author Daniel Chiras provides a wealth of up-to-date, practical information for home buyers, owner-builders, and anyone interested in building for a sustainable future. Included are chapters on:
The Healthy House
Green Building Materials
Wood-Wise Construction
Energy Efficiency
Earth-Sheltered Architecture
Passive Solar Heating and Passive Cooling
Green Power: Electricity from the Sun and Wind
Water and Waste: Sustainable Approaches
Environmental Landscaping

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