Industry Snapshots: the d5R Dish
random GREEN gleanings from under the remodeling radar
Cracking the green building book
It's here! The much-awaited new book by Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, Green Building: Principles & Practices in Residential Construction, is available for purchase ($80).
The book was created by Cengage/Delmar, a major textbook publisher for colleges, "but we planned it as a reference book for professionals as well," said Carl in an email yesterday.
"It is a practical guide to building and renovating green homes without being too preachy. I have always believed in 'mainstream green and the book reflects that. We address more cutting edge and what might be considered 'natural' building techniques but we focus on how to use traditional construction methods to make homes efficient and healthy."
What's different about the new book, compared to the many existing books on the topic? Carl's answer is below.
"There are no other books that address residential green building in a comprehensive manner including all climates and all facets of the project. Other books tend to be project- or climate-specific ,or focus primarily on energy efficiency and building envelope issues.
"Our book gives students and professionals new to green building a solid introduction to all aspects of the field, providing both basic and advanced information and a generous set of illustrations and step by step instructions showing how different green building methods are accomplished. For the educational market, it has multiple choice and critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter, and faculty have access to a bank of additional questions to create tests with. There is also a set of videos (created by another group) that we edited and linked to each chapter with questions on each segment."
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The home-performance lineup
Going to ACI's national Home Performance conference March 26 through 30 in Baltimore? Or considering it?
Besides Daryl Hannah's keynote address, the event will have dozens of discussions, workshops and conference sessions on topics including (deep breath): selling energy efficiency, house as a system, indoor air quality, sustainable lighting solutions, thermal imaging, insulating masonry & stucco walls, deep energy retrofits, air leakage testing ...
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A showcase for green building
Michigan green remodeling and homebuilding firm Meadowlark Builders and its sister company, Meadlowlark Energy, are underway on big plans to transform their new headquarters building, a former schoolhouse built in 1874, into a "net-zero and beyond" showcase of green building practices.
Meadowlark, founded in 2004 by Doug Selby and Kirk Brandon, has already moved into the building and plans to complete the remodel late this summer. Fountain Investment Group purchased the building in 2011 and is renting to the Meadowlark Family of companies on a long-term basis.
“We are in time period where we no longer have the luxury of building wasteful systems into our homes and buildings," said Selby in a press release. "Even historic structures can be retrofit to have zero net-energy use, but you have to plan carefully for it and be sensitive to the local surroundings.”
Besides making the building's interior a showcase of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly techniques and products, Meadowlark will also use the buildng as a testing facility and center for public education involving building performance.
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See Friday's Dish.
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