The Greened House Effect

The Greened House Effect

Renovating your Home With A Deep Energy Retrofit

Book - 2013
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Describes how to give residential buildings a Deep Energy Retrofit, a whole-home makeover that will make any home cleaner, greener, more comfortable, and healthier.

Chelsea Green Publishing

With greater public awareness of the need for energy independence, the issue of how we can make our existing homes more resource efficient is becoming ever more critical. Residential buildings make up a large fraction of our energy needs, largely due to heating and air-conditioning. So it's no longer enough to simply do the small stuff, like switching to compact fluorescent bulbs, or turning down the thermostat at night.

In The Greened-House Effect, author Jeff Wilson brings his twenty-five years of construction experience and knowledge of home building to bear on making our current houses cleaner, greener, and healthier. Think of a deep-energy retrofit (DER) as a "home makeover" - one that represents a significant investment, but that saves money from the get-go by capturing the energy you "drop on the ground" every month, every year, through inefficiency, poor design, or simply living in a typical older home.

Using his own family's DER of their 1942 home as a prime example, Wilson weaves a readable narrative at a practical, hammer-and-nail level. He presents the solutions to our building and energy problems, making them seem possible for average homeowners and small contractors by offering the right set of information, skills, and materials.

More technical information is presented in sidebars and graphs, and numerous color photos illustrate the process, including:

  • Testing the energy efficiency of your home and learning where improvements need to be made
  • Issues of local building codes and regulations
  • Financing and paying for a DER
  • Major components of the DER, such as roofs, exterior walls, basements, and home systems

Wilson's building experience, along with his lifelong passion for energy issues, all come together to form an inspirational, can-do approach to making our neighborhood, our community, our nation, and our world a better place - one home at a time.

Book News
Using his own retrofit of his older home as a prime example, Wilson presents the necessary details for a do-it-yourself or contractor-assisted whole-home makeover. Based on extensive experience in the building industry, he discusses energy-efficient solutions for challenges including energy/money-leaking old houses, building a home addition, retrofitting home systems, and financing such upgrades. Includes color illustrations, the author's home renovation and deep energy retrofit timeline, and resources. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, [2013]
ISBN: 9781603584500
Characteristics: x, 261 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm


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