Making Better Buildings

Making Better Buildings

A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
Discusses sustainable building from the foundation to completion, providing the pros and cons of the latest green and natural materials and technologies.

Perseus Publishing

From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods—entire volumes have been published on individual green and natural building techniques. But with so many different ideas to choose from, there is no single resource that allows an owner or builder to quickly and objectively compare the merits of each system for their particular project.

Making Better Buildings cuts through the hype and provides the unvarnished facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies. Drawing on the real-world experiences of designer/builders, this comparative guide systematically and comprehensively examines each approach in terms of:

  • Cost, sourcing, availability, labor intensity, and ease of construction
  • Energy efficiency, embodied energy, and environmental impacts
  • Availability/accessibility

Each chapter is rounded out by a chart which summarizes the material in a quick and accessible manner.

Whether you are an owner preparing to build a green or natural home or a conventional contractor determined to integrate sustainable alternatives into your existing construction practices, this up-to-the minute resource will help you make the best decisions for your project while meeting your energy, efficiency, budgetary, and site-specific needs.

Chris Magwood and Jen Feigin are sustainable builders and designers specializing in green and natural building techniques, and are the founders and directors of the Endeavour Centre for Innovative Building and Living. Chris is also the author of three previous books on sustainable building, including Straw Bale Details and More Straw Bale Building.

Sustainable building from the ground up – the pros and cons of the latest green and natural materials and technologies

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Magwood offers valuable information and suggestions for home builders, owner-builders, or others looking for a building contractor who understands and can provide sustainable, energy efficient housing. He clarifies the green building process for each element of a home (such as flooring and foundations), mechanical systems such as heating and cooling systems, electricity generation, and more. The book is amply illustrated to amplify concepts and techniques addressed in the text. It also includes resources for further research. Distributed by Perseus Distribution. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Gabriola, BC : New Society Publishers, c2014
ISBN: 9780865717060
Branch Call Number: 720.47 Mag
Characteristics: xxii, 441 p. : ill


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