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Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year spending more money annually on renovation than on new home construction. But renovations can be fraught with unintended consequences like indoor air pollution. How do you remodel in a healthy environmentally friendly way?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.
- New Society Publishers, October 2004
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