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December 02, 2010

Green Gift Guide: Informative Books

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This is the sixth part of The Ultimate Modern Gift Guide for the Holidays 2010,* which is a curated list of goods for design-savvy folks interested in green innovation.  This green gift guide has eight parts, which will be made available throughout the week.  This part includes five noteworthy books of interest to folks in the green home building community. 

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October 20, 2010

A Solar Buyer's Guide [Giveaway]

Solar-buyers-guide Leave a comment below through the end of Friday, October 22, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

Recently, Chelsea Green Publishing sent us a copy of a new book, A Solar Buyer's Guide for the Home and Office, by Stephen and Rebekah Hren, also the authors of the Carbon-Free Home.  Just like the first book, the authors chose a topic that they're clearly expert to talk about.  Stephen is a builder and teacher with experience in passive and active solar heating technologies, while Rebekah is an NABCEP-certified photovoltaics installer, licensed electrical contractor, and ISPQ-certified solar instructor. 

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September 28, 2010

Better World Shopping Guide [Giveaway]

Better-world-shopper Leave a comment below through the end of Friday, October 1, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

If you like to be told how to spend your money, there's a new guide that may be of assistance, The Better World Shopping Guide, which we received from New Society Publishers.  The average consumer spends something like $18,000 per year on goods and services and may not know how to spend that money wisely.  The Better World Shopping Guide incorporates over 5,000 hours of research and, using report cards on thousands of companies, rates every product on the book shelf from A to F. 

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Farm Above the Pavement [Giveaway]

Above-the-pavement-the-farmLeave a comment below through the end of Friday, October 1, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

A couple years ago, Public Farm 1 -- an urban farm installation by WORKac -- opened in the courtyard of MOMA P.S.1.  P.F.1 combined concepts of sustainable design and sustainable agriculture and was built with recyclable materials, powered by solar photovoltaics, and maintained by rain collection system. 

In a book published by Princeton Architectural Press, Above the Pavement -- The Farm! Architecture & Agriculture at P.F.1, which the publisher sent to us, Amale Andraos and Dan Wood, co-founders of WORKac, provide an inside perspective as to how P.F.1 came to be. 

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September 02, 2010

On the Urban Water Crisis [Giveaway]

Dry-runLeave a comment below through the end of Friday, September 3, 2010, to be considered for this random book giveaway.*

Jerry Yudelson is a green building leader, but he's also a professional engineer with a master's degree in water resource development.  Relying on this background, Yudelson authored a new book called Dry Run: Preventing the Next Urban Water Crisis.  The truth is, as he explains, the global human population is expected to quadruple from 1950 to 2050, placing more and more stress on water resources.  Swift action is necessary to prevent a water crisis, and Dry Run provides a timely set of solutions. 

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July 13, 2010

Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities [Giveaway]

Seven-rules-sustainable-communities To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Wednesday, July 14, 2010.*

Island Press, a nonprofit that publishes environmental books from thought leaders, was kind enough to send us a new book by Patrick M. Condon called Seven Rules for Sustainable Communities: Design Strategies for the Post-Carbon World.  Condon starts out with the premise that cities are responsible for 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions and, since cities are the major cause of the problem, builds a set of rules as the solution. 

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July 12, 2010

Toward a Zero Energy Home [Giveaway]

Toward-zero-energy-home-book To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Wednesday, July 14, 2010.*

The authors of Green from the Ground Up, David Johnston and Scott Gibson, recently released a new book called Toward a Zero Energy Home: A Complete Guide to Energy Self-Sufficiency at Home, which the publisher sent to us for review.  Johnson and Gibson explore net zero energy homes of all varieties -- bungalows, ranches, craftsmans --  and what it takes to build homes that are healthy, green, and ultra energy-efficient.

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June 02, 2010

Energy-Wise Landscaping [Giveaway]

Energy-wise-landscape-design To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Friday, June 4, 2010.*

When you think about sustainable landscaping, you probably consider water efficiency and using low-maintenance native plantings.  But do you think about energy efficiency?  Cooling the air, cooling the ground, and harnessing the sun, wind, and water?  Landscape architect Sue Reed has put together a comprehensive resource on the topic in Energy-Wise Landscape Design: A New Approach for your Home and Garden.  In the new book by New Society Publishers, Reed explains how to save money and energy, while creating a beautiful and natural landscape.  

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May 12, 2010

Prefabulous + Sustainable [Giveaway]

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To be considered for this random giveaway, leave a comment below through the end of Friday, May 14, 2010.*

Abrams was kind enough to send us a copy of Sherri Koones' most recent book on modular homes, Prefabulous and Sustainable.  Considering we've published over 250 articles on various green prefabs, you can say this book is right up our alley.  Indeed, it's a veritable treasure trove of inspiration for prefab enthusiasts and well worth the cover price of $25. 

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April 06, 2010

The Shedworking Revolution [Giveaway]

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To be considered for this giveaway, leave a comment below by the end of Thursday, April 8, 2010.*

Shedworking, a term coined by freelancer Alex Johnson, refers to the art of working from home in a shed-like space separate from the house.  Johnson has been at the forefront of this movement with his popular Shedworking site.  He's also the author of a book on the topic, which is due to hit the shelves in June 2010.  We've been granted early access to Shedworking: The Alternative Workplace Revolution and will give it away as part of this comment contest. 

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