Fundamentals of sustainable dwellings by Avi Friedman

By Avi Friedman

Regardless of a protracted stoop within the housing marketplace, the call for for residential eco-friendly development continues to be robust. greater than ever, pros desire trustworthy information regarding tips on how to build or retrofit livable, sustainable, and affordable houses. With basics of Sustainable Dwellings, Avi Friedman offers that source. whereas different books on residential eco-friendly development are frequently both superficial or overly technical, Friedman will get it splendid, supplying an illustrated, available consultant for architects, builders, domestic developers, codes officers, and scholars of structure and eco-friendly design.
Friedman charts a brand new direction for residential building—one within which social, cultural, fiscal, and environmental values are a part of each layout choice. The ebook starts off with a concise evaluate of eco-friendly construction rules, overlaying issues akin to sustainable assets and customary certification tools. each one following bankruptcy examines a serious point of eco-friendly domestic development, from siting to waste administration techniques. Friedman presents fundamentals approximately energy-efficient home windows and heating and cooling structures. And he deals leading edge suggestions like fit to be eaten landscaping and eco-friendly roofs.
Friedman is aware that during eco-friendly development, rules are just nearly as good as their execution. So in each one bankruptcy necessary info is assembled and a latest venture within which designers strove to accomplish sustainability whereas adhering to real-world constraints is featured. the result's a pragmatic advisor for each specialist within the burgeoning box of residential eco-friendly construction.

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Residents feel that they have a say in their living environment, and as a result participation in and contribution to community life increase. Economically, home ownership becomes more affordable when individuals can select features that address their current and future needs with their limited resources. Some can reside near transit lines, eliminating the need to rely on private cars. Some may also have lower utility bills as a result of their choices. The possibility of customizing before occupancy and making alterations over time is much greater when flexible design strategies are considered in the initial planning phase.

Have low-emissivity coating and are filled with argon gas to enhance energy efficiency. On the south side, a cantilevered roof overhang and existing trees shade the dwelling from the sun during the summer while letting in its warmth during the winter. The strategic placement of the windows and the open floor concept encourage natural breezes and light to penetrate the house (figs. 24). SITING A HOME ✦ 29 Prime attention in sustainable design is often paid to aspects associated with the building itself.

The amount of wasted construction materials is also large. 6 tonnes) of waste is produced when a 2,000 sq ft (190 m2) home is constructed. Most of it—35 percent is lumber and manufactured wood products, 15 percent dry wall, and 12 percent masonry materials—will eventually end up in landfills (Paschich and Zimmerman 2001). Planning dwelling units efficiently will reduce their environmental footprint, save time, lower costs, and reduce waste and pollution. If planned efficiently, the dwelling can be comfortable with no increase in construction costs.

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