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Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings

Despite a prolonged slump in the housing market, the demand for residential green building remains strong. More than ever, professionals need reliable information about how to construct or retrofit livable, sustainable, and economical homes. With "Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings", Avi Friedman provides that resource. The book begins with a concise overview of green building principles, covering topics such as sustainable resources and common certification methods. Each following chapter examines a critical aspect of green home construction, from siting to waste management options, and features a contemporary project in which designers strove to achieve sustainability while adhering to real world constraints. The result is a practical guide for every professional in the burgeoning field of residential green building.
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Avi Friedman is a world-renowned architect, award-winning professor and Director of the Affordable Homes Research Group at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is also the recipient of the World Habitat Award.


"For those aspiring to build green, Avi Friedman's book is a first stop. From siting to sizing and shaping a future-forward home, this book spells out all the indispensable strategies. Along with a wealth of informative text, this compendium is infused with instructive graphics, and each chapter is punctuated by one or more elegant case studies."--Hillary Brown "FAIA, Professor of Architecture and Sustainability, City College of New York " "This book offers designers a much needed resource as we work in the area of sustainable residential architecture. Professor Friedman is a luminary in the area of affordable residential design and his visionary book is clear and well illustrated. This is a much needed title in this emerging field."--Dr. William Carpenter "FAIA, LEED AP " "Environmental sustainability is not about current fashion; it is about timeless principles. Avi Friedman lays out a comprehensive set of principles for sustainable home design that will be of interest to both students of architecture and the curious public. His case-study-based approach appropriately focuses on small, urban projects. After all, what is more green than urbanity, and how much house is enough?"--Brian MacKay-Lyons "Prof. of Arch., Dalhousie U and Principal, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects "

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