Green Building Guidelines: Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes

Green Building Guidelines: Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

Language: English

Pages: 174

ISBN: 097620732X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Today’s home buyers are looking for sustainable homes and home builders who can design them. Are you one of them?
SBIC’s Green Building Guidelines: Meeting the Demand for Low-Energy, Resource-Efficient Homes, Fourth Edition, is a primer for home builders designing more healthful, comfortable, and cost-effective homes. The principles outlined in the Guidelines help you integrate 1) sustainable site planning; 2) environmentally sound building materials and equipment; 3) energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies; 4) efficient water use, both indoors and out; 5) indoor environmental quality; 6) construction waste management practices; and 7) optimum home operations and maintenance.
The fourth edition of the Guidelines has been updated and reorganized. Two new sections, "The Whole Building Approach" and "The Building Envelope," have been added. The text has been reorganized to acquaint the reader with basic concepts and provide resources where more detailed information can be located. Each section contains "Interactions," or references to other sections of the book describing design strategies, systems, components, or materials that interact in important ways with the topic of the section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

so that the breakfast area and possibly the owners’ bedroom have an east exposure, the kitchen and family room a south exposure, with the dining area on the west. Because the sun is in the southern half of the sky for most of the year in the latitudes of the United States, maximal access to sunlight will typically lead to a design that is elongated in the east-west direction, with as many rooms as possible facing south. This is the classic passive solar home design. Shading South-Facing Glass

a considerable amount of energy. Chapter 4: Energy Efficiency 83 Energy-Efficient Appliances – Rules of Thumb & & & & & & & & Buy and install ENERGY STAR® rated appliances. Alternatively, select appliances that are rated among the most efficient in their class as indicated on the EnergyGuide label. Allow for adequate ventilation areas around the refrigerator. Electronic cooktops with ceramic glass covers are more efficient than disk or coil stoves. Use quietness, performance, and other

.................................................................................. 70 Web Resources .............................................................................................. 71 Interactions ................................................................................................... 71 Water Heating ...................................................................................................... 72 Water Heater Efficiency

sustainably harvested trees. These products are typically available preprimed, thus ensuring durability and saving labor. Recycled plastic lumber. Recycled plastic lumber is produced in a wide variety of sizes and colors for use in decks, fences, landscaping, countertops, and exterior furniture. Most are made from 90% to 100% post-consumer plastics such as HDPE and LDPE, while composite products are made from postconsumer plastics and wastewood fibers. Avoid using virgin plastic lumber. All

109, 110, 76-77 30-33 41-43, 50, 105 118, 126-128 99 112-113, 120 Framing 35 43-44 113-114, 121, 125 Exterior Finishing 19-24 43, 45-46 115-119 Roofing 30-33, 34-36 43, 45 116 30-33 43, 50-51 72-74, 80-82 84-96 106 HVAC 19 43, 46, 48, 49, 50-55, 59-73 57-71 64 97-103, Electrical 34-40 50-52 76-84 86 105 Windows 19-25 48, 49, 50-56 21-25, 53 Insulation and Air Leakage 28-29 46-49, 50-55, 118 Interior Finishes 25-26 43, 48, 50-55 105 119-120 1

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