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"Zero Energy Homes offer a new direction for housing in America. David Johnston & Scott Gibson provide an analysis of the changing building industry and the impact of higher energy costs in their book Toward a Zero Energy Home . Zero Energy homes represent a collaboration within the building industry of manufacturers of energy-efficient products, and avant-garde architects and builders. The market is beginning to demand buildings that go beyond conventional energy code and zero energy homes are starting to define the new green in the building industry. In Toward a Zero Energy Home learn about the techniques and materials used to construct zero or near-zero energy building with 12 case studies in different climate zones across the country." --greenbiz.com"This comprehensive home energy self-sufficiency guide explores the design of zero-energy, near-zero-energy, off-the-grid and carbon-neutral homes from start to finish, giving readers an unparalleled look at these emerging trends in environmentally friendly building." "--Mother Earth News""

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A leader in the green building movement, David Johnston is the author of Green from the Ground Up 9781561589739, lecturer and keynote speaker, and founder of greenbuilding.com. He has received numerous awards for his work, including being named the Environmental Hero for 2004 by Interiors and Sources magazine and Builder of the Year by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Scott Gibson is a freelance writer specialising in building topics and a long-time contributing editor to Fine Homebuilding magazine. He is coauthor of Green from the Ground Up.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Good Overview 9 July 2010
By Wayne Valzania - Published on Amazon.com
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I think "Toward a Zero Energy Home" provides a good overview of what is going on in the technology side of building. I like the fact that a variety of opinions are presented for the reader on different methods working toward the same goal of building a technically smart, energy efficient living space. Anyone interested in this subject will find numerous other books that should be read as well for a more complete understanding of the topic. This volume, in my opinion, holds its own as one of the books that will contribute to that knowledge and is a worthwhile read.
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
A bit too generic for my taste... 9 May 2010
By Carlos A. Mendoza - Published on Amazon.com
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While there is nothing inherently wrong with the book (I'm sure it will be exactly what some buyers want) it simply didn't meet my needs. I felt like I was reading a bunch of articles from my Fine Homebuilding magazine (BTW, great magazine).

That is, it covered all sorts of areas, but none of them in enough detail for my liking. In that sense, it is a complete "Guide" to energy self-sufficiency at home.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great Start 14 Feb. 2011
By ocean t sweet - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best resource I've come across. I'm in the process of completely gutting and remodeling a house, and I want to do everything as energy efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, I wish the photos and the designs of the houses in this book were a little more inspiring and innovative, but I think this represents the state of the art at the moment. The overall tone is a bit more cautious than I'd prefer, but there is lots of good information and good ideas so that conceptually I can perfect my own designs and innovations based on what's here.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A pick for any homeowner's library 16 July 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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David Johnston and Scott Gibson's TOWARD A ZERO ENERGY HOME provides a key to creating a home that produces as much energy as it consumes. Design and construction of energy-efficient homes focuses on new construction and 12 houses specially built for zero energy living: it's a pick for any homeowner's library - particularly those featuring new construction options - will want.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book to read before designing your own home. 28 Oct. 2013
By Mario Maddalozzo - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent book to read before designing your own home.

In fact, before designing your own home, you should probably read 5 or 6 books at least, but I believe this should be the first one you read.
It has practical advise on how to save on utilities bills and making a very healthy home. Although it apply for an eco-view of things, it is not focused on the "tree huggers" crowd. Be ecological as a bonus for saving money.

Great advise in what to aim for and what to avoid.
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