Building “green”
Green careers in building and landscaping
[editor, Jill C. Schwartz].
Lawrenceville, NJ : Peterson's, c2010.
"The indispensible guide for students and career changers"--Cover.
Little house on a small planet : simple homes, cozy retreats, and energy efficient possibilities
by Shay Salomon ; photography by Nigel Valdez ; [foreword by Frances Moore Lappe].
Guilford, Ct. : Lyons Press, c2010.
Carpenter and construction manager Salomon presents readers with ideas for saving money, protecting the environment, and improving their livelihood by smart living in small spaces. The author profiles dozens of people around the world whose methods of scaling-down vary as widely as their locations--from single mothers in cooperative housing to homeowners converting to multi-use bathroom/lofts, adding home business spaces, or building from scratch. Floor plans; b&w and color images; and practical advice on legal matters, energy efficiency, creativity, and the importance of common spaces supplement the stories. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
The guide to building green strategies
from ShowMeHow Videos.
[S.l.] : ShowMeHow Videos, c2009.
  1. DVD, widescreen.
  2. Explains how to save energy, water, and money with some construction changes to a home. Subjects include: what makes a building green, shades of green, the most energy efficient building, orientation and landscaping, green framing techniques, the importance of using the right insulation, FSC-certified lumber, how to determine a carbon footprint, LEED, HERS, and energy star ratings.

Plan to build your new home as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible. There are “green” ideas to fit all budgets.

  • Location: a central location can support walking and bicycling to jobs, services, and entertainment as well as using public transportation.
  • Size: Be objective in determining the amount of space that you really need. Don’t fall victim to the “bigger is better” idea. Good design can expand small space.
  • Site Design: place the building to maximize use of climate features that provide sunlight and shade at appropriate times. Consider excavation and building methods that will cause the least disturbance to existing natural environment.
  • Materials: There are organic building materials appropriate for all locations. Cob and adobe work in dry climates. Stone and log construction are for wetter areas.
  • Recycled materials can be used in all kinds of construction. New engineered lumber is better for the environment than dimensional lumber.   
  • Systems: Explore the range of systems that provide heating, cooling, and power.

Natural Building Materials

Taking advantage of the earth’s existing materials and using them to construct a sound and attractive home is the goal of the “Natural” building movement.

Natural materials


  • Technology is changing rapidly to offer better options. Investing in “green” systems may yield tax incentives.
  • Appliances: Energy efficient options are now common in all price ranges.
  • Finish materials: Select flooring from renewable sources such as bamboo.
  • Natural paints and other wall finishes are available. 

A well planned energy efficient home will reap rewards in low utility bills. It has the added bonus of conserving nature’s resources now and for years to come.


150 best eco house ideas
[editor and text, Marta Serrats].
New York : Collins Design, 2010.
Featuring an extensive collection of full-color photographs, 150 Best Eco House Ideas features eco-friendly house designs created by internationally renowned architects and designers who have achieved practical, innovative, and stunning solutions adapted to the specific needs and tastes of their clients. Included here are the latest innovations in sustainable home design, including solar paneling, wind energy systems, environmentally-friendly heating and cooling solutions, thermal glazing, and trombe walls. 150 Best Eco House Ideas covering the diversity of current trends in sustainable home design, and is both the perfect resource for designers, interior decorators, and architects, as well an inspirational sourcebook for all homeowners interested in creating warm and inviting homes that cause only a fraction of the environmental impact of those created using conventional building methods.
Small eco houses : living green in style
Cristina Paredes Benítez, Àlex Sánchez Vidiella.
New York, NY : Universe Pub., 2010.
Fresh perspectives on how good design can create stylish yet ecologically sound living spaces in small-scale homes. Anyone who has faced the challenges of limited living space will find inspiration in this survey of the latest trends in environmentally sensitive, small-scale residential designs. More than fifty residential spaces are profiled--from woodsy houses and repurposed barns to cool apartments and urban lofts--both inside and out. Most of the projects were designed by up-and-coming architects, and each design proves that small-scale efficiency as well as beautiful, thoughtful design can overcome the apparent constraints of a small setting. Environmental impact is a growing concern, so each project was chosen because of its ecological sensitivity. Each case history describes the challenges confronting the designer and the solutions. Creating color schemes to enhance the feeling of openness, taking advantage of high ceilings to make multiple levels, and using collapsible furniture and sliding doors to maximize space are some of the design solutions that can be applied in any situation. Filled with beautiful color photographs and helpful floorplans, this book is a remarkable showcase of how good design can transform any small space into a comfortable, modern--and environmentally sensitive--home.
Kennedy green house : designing an eco-healthy home from the foundation to the furniture
Robin Wilson ; foreword by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Austin, Tex. : Greenleaf Book Group Press, c2010.
Kennedy Green House documents the transformation of the home by a "Green Dream Team," from the drawing of architectural plans to the selection of eco-friendly building materials and power sources to the retooling of the home with health-promoting, energy efficient appliances and furnishings. Along the way, author Robin Wilson provides information and tips on how these changes can be implemented by any homeowner, whether it's a broad renovation or simple, affordable replacements of common household items. Wilson provides: [[A wide variety of four-color photographs documenting the entire process [[Side bar advice that shows readers the ultimate, mid-range, and low-cost/easy solution to every upgrade [[A focus on maximizing energy, water efficiency, and indoor air quality The LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), renovated Kennedy house will also showcase the latest in green technologies, sustainable building practices, and healthy home initiatives.
Green your home all-in-one for dummies
by Yvonne Jeffery ... [et al.]
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley Publishing, c2009.
  1. "7 books in 1"--Cover.
  2. Includes index.
  3. Green living -- Energy efficiency -- Green cleaning -- Green remodeling -- Sustainable Landscaping -- Organic gardening -- Solar Power
Prescriptions for a healthy house : a practical guide for architects, builders & homeowners
Paula Baker-Laporte, Erica Elliott and John Banta.
Gabriola Island, B.C. : New Society Publishers, c2008.
The major problems are that building for health is not the current standard of the construction industry, that homeowners get false information, that there is a dearth of concise information available, and that no quality control measures are in place even if healthy materials and practices are specified. Architect Baker-Laporte; indoor environmental consultant John C. Banta; and Erica Elliot, a medical doctor specializing in environmental medicine and family practice walk owners, architect, and builder teams through the construction process, pointing out where and why standard building practices are not healthful, what to do differently, and how to obtain alternative materials and expertise. The first edition is said to have been published nine years ago. Distributed in the US by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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