06 Feb '12, 2pm

Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction (Book Review)

Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction (Book Review)

Every year when I start my class teaching sustainable design at Ryerson School of Interior Design, I explain that there is no textbook for the course, because nobody has written one that is any good in a field that is changing daily. Next year I will have to qualify that; when it comes to green building, there is now. It's written by Abe Kruger and Carl Seville, AKA the Green Building Curmugeon, and it is very, very good at what it does. It is focused on the single family residential sector in the United States, and as sick as that industry is, and as much as I think it is a tremendous misallocation of resources, that is where the action is, and that is where green building has to take root. The book acknowledges it, discussing smart growth, rejecting sprawl, talking about right-sizing and the Not So Big Home , but in the end it is a textbook about how to build a detached ...

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