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Ebook – 352 pages
BISAC: HOUSE & HOME / Equipment, Appliances & Supplies
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781550923865
Pub. Date: 2008-03-01

About the Authors

Alex Wilson

Alex Wilson is the founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and Executive Editor of Environmental Building News, the premier green building industry resource. A widely acknowledged green building expert for over 30 years, he has authored countless articles and several books including Green Building Products and The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings.

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Mark Piepkorn

Mark Piepkorn is associate editor of Environmental Building News and the lead products researcher for GreenSpecĀ®, both publications of BuildingGreen, Inc. Active in the natural building movement, Mark has also been the editor of The Last Straw, an international newsletter about straw-bale construction and natural building.

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Green Building Products (PDF)

The GreenSpec Guide to Residential Building Materials -- 3rd Edition

edited by Alex Wilson
with Mark Piepkorn
foreword by Sarah Susanka



Interest in sustainable, green building practices is greater than ever. Whether concerned about allergies, energy costs, old-growth forests, or durability and long-term value, homeowners and builders are looking for ways to ensure that their homes are healthy, safe, beautiful and efficient.

In these pages are descriptions and manufacturer contact information for more than 1,400 environmentally preferable products and materials. All phases of residential construction, from sitework to flooring to renewable energy, are covered. Products are grouped by function, and each chapter begins with a discussion of key environmental considerations, and what to look for in a green product. Over 40% revised, this updated edition includes over 120 new products. Categories of products include:

  • Sitework and landscaping
  • Outdoor structures
  • Decking
  • Foundations, footers and slabs
  • Structural systems and components
  • Sheathing
  • Exterior finish and trim
  • Roofing
  • Doors and windows
  • Insulation
  • Flooring and floor coverings
  • Interior finish and trim
  • Caulks and adhesives
  • Paints and coatings
  • Mechanical systems/HVAC
  • Plumbing, electrical and lighting
  • Appliances
  • Furniture and furnishings
  • Renewable energy
  • Distributors and retailers

An index of products and manufacturers makes for easy navigation. There is no more comprehensive resource for both the engaged homeowner and those who design and build homes.

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