Weekend Reading: Green House and Beyond
It's taking a while to get writing this morning - that's what a holiday (even Veteran's Day, evidently) will do to you. But hopefully it's worth the wait. I've got three - count 'em, three - books to recommend this morning, all from The Green House exhibit at The National Building Museum.
First, The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design by Alanna Stang and Christopher Hawthorne. This is the companion volume for The Green House exhibit. It shows how buildings fit with their surroundings and how we can make efficient use of our personal space. It presents sustainable design principles through the refreshing examples that appear in the exhibit itself. If you can't make it to D.C. for the exhibit, or if you went and want to take some of its ideas home with you (in a more comprehensive and durable package than the exhibit handouts), this is the book for you.
Looking to put the lessons from The Green House to use? These next two books may be up your alley:
Green Building Products contains descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more than 1,400 environmentally friendly products and materials from ag-fiber panels to zero-VOC paints. All phases of residential construction are covered, from site work to flooring to renewable energy.
Don't have the budget to rebuild from scratch? Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time by David R. Johnston and Kim Master describes simple green renovation solutions for homeowners, focusing on key aspects of the building, including foundations, framing, plumbing, windows, heating and finishes. Addressing all climates, this is a great resource for conventional homeowners, as well as for architects and remodeling contractors.
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Posted by Jess Brooks at November 10, 2006 11:24 AM