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Green Remodeling Press Release 10.27.04

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Sara Reeves
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Change your House, and Change the World!

At a time when every American is feeling helpless about affecting change and seeking ways to make a difference, along comes Green Remodeling ? one of the most empowering, comprehensive how-to books ever! Yes, we can change the world for the better by the way we remodel our home. ? Honorable Claudine Schneider, former US congresswoman, and author of energy efficiency and renewable energy legislation

Millions of North Americans renovate their homes every year, spending more money annually on renovation than on new home construction. And many want to remodel in ways that are as healthy and environmentally friendly as possible. But there are so many decisions to consider that making wise, green choices is not easy, and would-be remodelers are left not knowing where to look for advice.

Now they need look no further than this all-new encyclopedic how-to of all you need to make your home green. Green Remodeling: Changing the World, One Room at a Time, by David Johnston and Kim Master is a resource that so many have longed for. Not only does it provide practical and factually accurate information about the whole task of remodeling, but it is packed with information about how to do it in ways that are energy-conscious, healthy and environmentally responsible.

To put the reader at ease, the book starts with David Johnston's own tale of remodeling--adding an office to his 1973 home--complete with diary entries of the process, tips and advice, and photos of before and after. Pursuing the conversational tone, the authors then point out the advantages of green remodeling: more energy-efficient, more resource-conserving, healthier for occupants and more affordable to create, operate and maintain.

Room by room, the book outlines the intricate connections that make the house work as a system. For example, how new windows may affect the structure and mechanical systems of the rooms below, the health of the family, and the future of old-growth forests. Then, in an easy-to-read format complete with illustrations, checklists, personal stories, expert insights and an extensive resource list, it discusses simple green renovation solutions for homeowners, focusing on key aspects of the building including foundations, framing, roofing, plumbing, windows, heating and finishes--as well as a chapter on solar energy.

In case you're wondering, the authors' credentials are impeccable. David Johnston was named one of the top 50 remodelers in the country by Remodeling Magazine in 1990, developed the first green remodeling program in the country in Boulder, CO, and trains remodelers across the country. And Kim Master is a LEED® -accredited green building consultant. (LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.)

Green Remodeling
Changing the World, One Room at a Time
David Johnston and Kim Master
400 pages 7.5 x 9"
New Society Publishers
ISBN 0-86571-498-3
US$29.95 / Can$39.95