Foreword by Sarah Gutterman Introduction We're All Green with Envy What Is a Green Home? How Can I Build an Affordable Green Home? section one: Show Me the Money 1. Location, Location, Location Smart Growth Analyzing Your Building Site Other Considerations for Site Selection Payback on This Investment 2. Size Matters Assessing Your Needs Paybacks on Right-Sizing Your Home 3. Design, Design, Design: Everything You Need to Know 1. Designing for Your Site 2. Designing for Passive Systems 3. Designing for Resource Efficiency Payback On Design Elements 4. Building Products and Materials: Shades of Green Global Citizens Building Product Research Selecting Building Materials How We Use Building Materials Paybacks: Return on Investment for Building Materials: The Real Cost of Housing 5. Construction Waste: The 8,000-Pound Gorilla of Cost Savings Money in the Dumpster Three Strategies for Waste Reduction Payback: Return on Investment for Construction Waste Diversion Practices 6. Equipment and Systems Efficiency Ratings HVAC: Heating, Ventilation and Cooling Systems Hot Water Systems Rainwater, Greywater and Onsite Sewage Systems Electrical Systems Paybacks: Return on Investment from High-efficiency System Upgrades 7. Health and Environment Toxins Strategies for Improved Indoor Air Quality Other Health Concerns 8. Outdoor Living Defining Your Outdoor Living Spaces Landscaping 9. Green Bling The Modest Green Home The Mainstream Green Home The Custom Green Home Avoid Wasting Money 10. Keeping It Green Periodic Maintenance and Repairs Commissioning Lifestyle Choices Protecting Your Health Green Makeovers Green Power Alternatives section two: Getting to Zero 11. The Zero Energy Capable Home Model Net Zero Defined The Typical American Home Our Baseline Home Net Zero Home Model 12. Net Zero Water The Water-Energy Connection Where Does the Water Go? How Much Water Is Available Case Studies How Low Can You Go? 13. Zero Waste Waste Beyond the Household Waste Prevention Waste Diversion The Key to Making Changes in Your Life 14. Zero Your Carbon Footprint Revisiting Section One from a Carbon Perspective Our Carbon Reduction Plan 15. Zero Cost Premium Reducing Your Total Cost of Ownership Reducing Your Construction Costs Healthy and High Performance Putting It All Together End Notes Index About the Authors
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Miki Cook is a green building and sustainability consultant for the oldest green building program in the nation, Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB). She has spent her career in the residential construction industry, where for the last two decades she has focused on green building certification including acting as Green Rater for the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Homes and Energy Star programs and ICC-700, The National Green Building Standard. More recently, Miki has dedicated her career to educating contractors and the public on the strategies, methods and benefits of green homes, and helping them to achieve those goals. Doug Garrett, CEM, founded Austin Energy's Residential and Multi-Family Energy Conservation programs. He has studied building science, indoor air quality, moisture management, and heating, ventilation and air conditioning throughout his career. In 1996, Doug established the first building science consulting business in Texas, and continues to provide building science-based forensic investigations, diagnostics and design consultations for clients and home builders across the nation. Doug has presented hundreds of seminars on applied building science, energy efficiency, moisture management, energy codes, air conditioning, indoor air quality and green building, and has served on numerous advisory councils and task forces for high performance industry standards, energy codes, alternative fuels, health concerns and housing affordability.