Making Better Buildings

Making Better Buildings

A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors

Chris Magwood, Chris Magwood


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  • This is sustainable building without any hype. The authors present the real facts about the upsides and downsides of the most widely discussed materials and technologies, gleaned from designer/builders who have implemented them in real-world, code-approved projects
  • The book covers all of the available materials and puts them in a comparative framework, allowing readers to assemble the various parts and tailor the information to suit their individual projects.
  • The book explores each of the materials in a systematic way by taking all of the sustainable potential inherent in each of these approaches and allows the designer-builder to choose materials to fit their budget, energy, time and efficiency targets
  • The authors are co-directors of the Endeavour Centre for Innovative Building and Living in Peterborough, ON
  • The authors are recipients of several awards including the Harrowsmith Magazine Canadian Eco-Hero Award in 2007, and the Home Sweet Home Sustainable Building Design Award in 2011
  • The authors are experts in their field and have designed and built some of the most innovative, sustainable buildings in North America in the past ten years, including homes and public buildings