Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies is the perfect holiday gift for those of us who are interested in green building, but need a little expert help. Admittedly, the For Dummies® books are a smart start for anyone wanting to pick up a new trade or just learn the overall basics on any particular subject. With more than 150 million books in print and over 1000 topics, this new release by Eric Corey Freed of Organic Architect may be the best evidence out there that green is mainstream.

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“Green building” involves designing and constructing buildings and homes to reduce energy use, conserve water, improve indoor air quality, and reduce reliance on nonrenewable natural resources. Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies provides an introduction to every facet of green building, from start to finish, including the materials, architecture, and construction methods of green building and remodeling for both homeowners and professionals such as architects, interior designers, and contractors.

Like all for Dummies® books, Green Building & Remodeling for Dummiess concludes with “The Part of Tens,” including ten myths about green building and remodeling, ten must-do’s for every new-home project, and ten essential green materials. A helpful “Cheat Sheet” in the front of the book includes a solar panel calculator that can be used to measure the size and cost of adding solar energy to a home, as well as a “Green Cleaners Cookbook” with recipes for making homemade cleaning products.

Author Eric Corey Freed is an architect, the founder and principal of organicARCHITECT, and a LEED Accredited Professional. He teaches sustainable design at the Academy of Art University and the University of California, Berkeley. He also sits on the board of numerous environmentally focused nonprofits and museums.

You won’t be a dummy with this book in your library. Check out some sample chapters for evidence of this truly helpful, informative reference guide, and get smart about green building in the New Year.

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