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Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors

Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Magwood, Chris
By Feigin, Jen

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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, labor intensity, and ease of constructionEnergy efficiency, embodied energy, and environmental impactsAvailability and accessibilityViable applications and future potentialEach 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 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.
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ISBN 9780865717060
Released AU 1 Dec 2013
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780865717060
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Misc - Alliance Distribution
Imprint New Society Publishers
Released 1 Dec 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Magwood, Chris
By Feigin, Jen
Category Architectural Structure & Design
Self-Help & Practical Interests
Number of Pages 464
Dimensions Width: 204mm
Height: 235mm
Spine: 33mm
Dewey Code 720.47
Weight 936g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Architecture
ONIX Text General/trade