In 2012, Abe Kruger and Carl Seville published the first college textbook dedicated solely to residential green building. Currently in use by over 30 colleges, the book also serves as a resource for contractors, architects, and interested homeowners. Available on Amazon
"The book arrived a couple weeks ago, and I'm still pouring through it. Want some thoughtful insight on AAC? Check. Need more info on xeriscaping and drought tolerant plants? Check. Tips for avoiding phantom loads? Check. Detailed illustrations clearly describing extreme advanced faming techniques? Check. It's all here, including an excellent index and a thorough glossary. Highly recommended for the architect, the builder, the remodeler, and the student." Geoff Graham, Guild Quality
GREEN BUILDING: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION provides a current, comprehensive guide to this exciting, emerging field. From core concepts to innovative applications of cutting-edge technology and the latest industry trends, this text offers an in-depth introduction to the construction of "green" homes. Unlike many texts that adopt a product-oriented approach, this book emphasizes the crucial planning, processes, and execution methods necessary for effective, environmentally sound construction. This text demonstrates that Earth-friendly products and energy-efficient materials take planning in order to make a building truly green. This visionary text helps students and professionals develop the knowledge and skills to "think green" from start to finish, empowering and inspiring them to build truly sustainable homes.
"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" Lloyd Alter, Treehugger.com
The book includes hundreds of concise illustrations and photographs to clearly explain green and high performance building concepts to readers.
"According to my knowledge, this book is the most comprehensive treatment on the subject of green building in residential construction. It achieves an excellent balance between principles and real-world practice. The "best practice" approach (i.e. integrating of green principles with existing design/construction practices) as well as the attention to construction issues are excellent. The book is not only valuable for college faculty and students in architecture, engineering, landscape, interior design and construction, but also as a reference for industry practitioners (owners/buyers, architects, engineers, contractors, and building department officials etc.)" Lingguang Song, Ph.D, Department of Construction Management, University of Houston