Everyone can make green home decisions on a budget with this inspiring, information-packed guide. Whether you are building, remodeling, buying, or just curious, here are real-world strategies for getting the greenest results from your budget, with hundreds of ideas for a home that is built to last, comfortable and healthy, money- and time-saving in the long term, and kind to the planet. What shade of green is right for you, your resources, schedule, and setting, and how can you achieve it? What questions should you ask? What approaches and resources are best for the Northwest? From your home's exterior to its operating systems within, from siting to interior design, this is the basic training that has given many the confidence to proceed. Award-winning sustainable design and building consultant and teacher Kathleen O'Brien and architectural designer and sustainability consultant Kathleen Smith offer their 'top picks' for each phase. Their perspective is both down-to-earth and cutting edge. They've also each faced their own green home challenges in a single family house and a duplex, and other case studies show affordable energy-efficient green homes both old and new.
Brimming with ideas, clear and logical, with tips, checklists, and resources for green home planning, construction, remodeling, and maintenance, extensively illustrated with photos and diagrams, this is the essential green home manual for novice and professional alike.
Kathleen O'Brien is president of O'Brien & Co., Inc., a sustainable development and green building consulting firm. A nationally recognized expert in the field of sustainable design, construction, and development, Kathleen brings over 25 years of writing, research, and analytical experience to her role. She organized the first regional conference in the Northwest for the green building industry and has worked with local chapters of the National Association of Home Builders to develop award-winning green building programs. As a result there are over 20,000 green homes certified in Washington, Hawaii, and California. She has also consulted on several early demonstration projects such as the Central Market in Poulsbo, Washington, the first grocery store to aggressively incorporate recycled content materials, and the innovative Sakai Intermediate School on Bainbridge Island, where the building became a teaching tool for sustainable practices. She continues to consult on leading-edge green-building initiatives, such as the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol, a green building standard for public schools in Washington State, and the Kitsap SEED project, an eco-industrial park focused on clean energy. Kathleen received her bachelor's degree in political science and secondary education at University of Buffalo (summa cum laude); her master's degree in environment and the community at Antioch University; and is both a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and a LEED Accredited Professional. She has won several regional leadership awards including Kitsap County YWCA Woman of Achievement (2001), Sustainable Seattle's Outstanding Leadership Award (2006), Kitsap County Earth Day Award for Environmental Leadership (2007). She was recognized by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council as a Cascadia Fellow, a lifetime achievement award (2008). A prolific writer, and a highly sought after guest speaker on green building issues, Kathleen has published over one hundred articles on topics related to her field, including feature articles in the Journal of Light Construction, Environmental Building News, Conservation Monitor, Building With Nature, BioCycle, and Resource Recycling. Kathleen and her husband built a home that achieved the highest rating from the local Built Green program, won the Parade of Homes Environmental Achievement Award, and has been featured on Home and Garden TV for its sustainable features. Kathleen resides on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Kathleen Smith is a project architect, sustainability/LEED consultant, and project manager with over 13 years of professional experience. She is currently principal of her own sustainable design and consulting firm, working exclusively on sustainable projects with a diverse group of clients. The firm's goal is to work collaboratively to create environments that are life enhancing, cost-effective, and sustainable. Prior to establishing her own firm, Smith was senior designer, project manager, and consultant with Van der Ryn Architects in Sausalito, California. She continues to collaborate with them on many projects as their key LEED consultant and an expert in green materials, workshop facilitation, and integrated design processes. Smith has diverse and extensive experience in sustainable design and systems including: non-toxic, renewable, salvaged, and recycled materials; ecological site planning; climate responsive design and energy efficiency; community housing; community-based participatory design processes; multi-disciplinary integrated design processes; and workshop and charrette facilitation. She has worked around the country and in Mexico and Japan on a variety of projects incorporating sustainable strategies and participatory design processes. She is an experienced and sought after speaker and teacher on sustainable design and related issues, and is a faculty member with the U.S. Green Building Council. Smith has a master's degree in architecture and is co-author of the book Rebuilding Community in America: Housing for Ecological Living, Personal Empowerment, and the New Extended Family. She resides on Bainbridge Island, Washington.