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The Nature of a House

Building a World that Works

Woodwell, George M.

2012, XVI, 160p. 16 illus..


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  • The building was designed by starchitect Bill McDonough
  • Foreword by Bill McDonough
  • Essential reading for the green building community

In this candid and informative book, George M. Woodwell, a leader in the study of global environmental change, illuminates practical considerations (and frustrations) involved in “building green.” When the renowned Woods Hole Research Center needed a new office, Woodwell led efforts to utilize “state-of-the-shell” green building techniques to retrofit a Victorian mansion built in 1877 into the Center’s new home.

This is the story of how scientists and contractors alike confronted the limitations of available materials, laws, and building codes. Woodwell sets this struggle in a larger context, as part of the global need to minimize carbon emissions and environmental impacts. Beginning with his experience of the retrofit of a single building, he shares insights into rethinking how we design, use, and adapt the built environment to preserve the functional integrity of the natural landscape.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Carbon emissions reduction - Dwellings - remodeling - Ecological houses - Green building - Sustainable living

Related subjects » Energy Efficiency - Fossil Fuels

Table of contents 



Preface: A Small Matter of Habitat and Housing

1. Building a World that Works

2. Back to the Beginning: The Woods Hole Research Center

3. Redesigning Hilltop House: Triumphs and Compromises

4. Energy in a New World

5. Materials, Sewage, and Costs: Adjusting Our Vision

6. The Product: A Campus that Works . . . And a World that Might



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