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Your eco-friendly home : buying, building, or remodeling green

Author: Sid Davis
Publisher: New York, NY : American Management Association, ©2009.
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Synopsis: More and more people are becoming interested not just in living green, but particularly in living in a home that's ecologically sound. With thousands of new eco-minded houses being built, and the real estate market becoming more attuned to home-buyers' interests, demand for ecologically efficient living spaces is still exceeding the supply. Yet few resources exist for those wanting to build, buy, or  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sid Davis
ISBN: 9780814410370 0814410375
OCLC Number: 227033759
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 230 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part 1: Finding, Financing, And Buying An Eco-Friendly Home --Chapter 1: Finding and qualifying for eco-friendly financing --
Understanding leverage, appreciation, and equity --
Qualifying for a mortgage --
Importance of your credit score --
Improving your credit score --
Correcting credit problems --
Determining how big a house payment you can afford --
Getting an energy efficient mortgage --
Obtaining a home energy ratings systems report --
Shopping for the best EEM deal --
Steps to getting an EEM --
Finding a lender with the best deal --
Avoiding garbage fees --
Negotiating lender fees --
Case study: How it all works --
Chapter 2: Finding and working with an eco-friendly agent --
Finding an eco-friendly agent --
Beginning your search --
Narrowing your search to an agent who shares your dream --
Buyer's agency: Who does the agent represent? --
Working with your agent to find green properties --
Buying a fixer-upper --
Buying a foreclosure to rehab can be tricky --
Eleven things to consider before making an offer --
Shopping for an eco-friendly home on you own --
Making an offer on a home that's for sale by owner (FSBO) --
Chapter 3: Buying a green home --
Learning about eco-friendly homes --
Successful strategies for making an offer on a home --
Deciding what to offer on a home --
Handling an overpriced home --
Making it easy for the seller to accept you offer --
Protecting yourself when you make an offer --
Getting the seller to pay concessions --
Getting the seller to pay all or part of your closing costs --
Seller allowances --
Concessions due to inspection problems --
Appraisals and repairs --
Combining grants and seller concessions --
Filling out the purchase agreement paperwork --
Buying a home warranty can save you money --
How home warranties work --
What to look for in a home warranty --
Taking advantage of bank REOs and short sales --
Buying REOs --
Short sales --
Part 2: Building An Eco-Friendly Home --
Chapter 4: Finding and working with a green builder --
What constitutes a green home? --
Minimum green building standards --
Confusion in green building standards --
Planning your environmentally friendly home --
Does it cost more to build green? --
How much money do you have to work with? --
Why use an architect? --
Finding and working with a green architect --
Finding a green architect --
Questions to ask during your interviews --
Finding and working with a green builder --
Finding a green builder --
Questions to ask during your interviews --
Deciding on which bid to accept --
What if you can't find a green builder in your area? --
Protecting yourself with good paperwork --
Paying the contractor and managing your costs --
Adding sweat equity to your project --
Shopping for a green home in a new subdivision --
Eight things you should check out before you commit --
Chapter 5: Planning your new green home --
Utilizing passive energy saving options --
Positioning your home for Southern exposure --
Creating an energy efficient floor plan --
Designing for efficient air distribution --
Installing energy efficient windows --
Using green heating and cooling technology --
Installing green insulation --
Ventilating your new home --
Causes of poor air quality --
Incorporating whole-house ventilation system into plan for your home --
Home ventilation standards --
Determining whether solar or wind power are for you --
Generating solar power --
Generating wind power --
Using sustainable products and cutting cost --
Doing the up-front work --
Handling the trade-offs --
Avoiding the seven biggest mistakes that many new green homeowners make --
Chapter 6: Green landscaping --
Creating a landscape plan of action --
Using xeriscaping principles --
Planning a landscape --
Utilizing seven design elements of eco-friendly landscaping --
Considering whether to hire a professional designer or landscaper --
Working with your soil's characteristics --
Getting to know your soil --
Determining your soil's pH --
Determining where and what to plant and landscaping mistakes to avoid --
Planning a sustainable landscape --
Art of composting --
What to feed your compost pile --
Value of mulch --
Fertilizers and how to reduce the need for them --
Applying and conserving water --
Determining when to water --
Using the right type of irrigation system for your location and needs --
Capturing water for garden use --
Recycling water for landscaping --
Part 3: Remodeling To Make Your Home Eco-Friendly --
Chapter 7: Planning your green remodel and working with a green architect and contractor --
Financing your green remodeling project --
Home equity lines of credit --
Refinancing your mortgage --
Second mortgages --
Miscellaneous sources of remodeling funds --
Planning your green project --
Finding a green architect --
Handling trade-offs --
Planning tips and traps --
Finding and working with a green contractor --
Shopping tips for finding a contractor --
Deciding on which bid to accept --
What if there are few contractors in you area? --
Minimizing problems with complete and accurate paperwork --
Paying the contractor and managing your costs --
Cost-plus or time-and-materials --
Fixed-fee agreement --
Capped cost-plus --
Other ways to managing your costs --
Handling the final walk-through and punch list --
Before the final walk-through --
Punch list --
Chapter 8: Remodeling your home's exterior with eco-friendly materials --
Making your roof eco-friendly --
Finding a quality roofer --
Taking advantage of green roofing options --
Insulating and weatherproofing your roof --
Using flashing to prevent water damage --
Replacing your siding with eco-friendly materials --
Insulating your walls --
Protecting your home with housewrap --
Making use of green siding options --
Upgrading to energy efficient windows --
Using eco-friendly stains and paints --
Selecting green stains and sealers --
Choosing green paints --
Building an eco-friendly deck, patio, or fence --
Adding a deck using green materials --
Constructing a patio as an alternative to a deck --
Building a fence with green products --
Recycling and disposing of construction waste --
Chapter 9: Remodeling your home's interior with eco-friendly systems and materials --
Ventilating your energy efficient home --
Designing a whole house ventilation system --
Minimizing humidity in hot and humid climates --
Installing ventilation systems in other areas of you home --
Upgrading your heating and cooling systems to make them energy efficient --
Considering green heating options --
Replacing your water heater --
Upgrading or installing an energy efficient fireplace --
Reducing your air conditioner usage --
Finding a competent HVAC contractor/installer --
Choosing and using eco-friendly stains and paints --
Selecting eco-friendly floor coverings --
Shopping for environmentally friendly carpeting --
Choosing between vinyl flooring and linoleum --
Consider tile for your floor covering --
Contemplating wood or laminate flooring --
Remodeling your kitchen using green appliances and materials --
Picking out new green appliances --
Upgrading your kitchen cabinets --
Replacing your countertops --
Upgrading your bathroom with eco-friendly fixtures and materials --
Replacing toilets, showers and sinks to conserve water --
Shopping for bathroom flooring --
Changing your bathroom cabinets --
Replacing your bathroom lights --
Appendix A: Tips on selling an eco-friendly home --
Appendix B: Green home tax breaks and financial incentives --
Appendix C: Ten biggest mistakes green home remodelers make --
Appendix D: Eco-friendly resources --
Index.
Other Titles: Buying, building, or remodeling green
Responsibility: Sid Davis.
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Synopsis: More and more people are becoming interested not just in living green, but particularly in living in a home that's ecologically sound. With thousands of new eco-minded houses being built, and the real estate market becoming more attuned to home-buyers' interests, demand for ecologically efficient living spaces is still exceeding the supply. Yet few resources exist for those wanting to build, buy, or remodel their own home to use less energy and be environmentally sensitive. Your Eco-Friendly Home shows readers how they can: find, finance, and buy eco-friendly real estate-work with eco-conscious agents and brokers-use environmentally friendly materials and techniques for interiors and exteriors-make their homes and landscaping more efficient-take advantage of tax incentives for going green. This practical, reader-friendly guide gives readers all the guidance they need to easily become ecologically responsible homeowners.

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