This publication of the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council offers an easy-to-read introduction to building homes that are more energy and resource efficient, through whole-building design principles and integrated energy strategies. Detailed sections -- which include brief case studies and resource lists -- discuss site planning, renewable-energy systems, energy-efficient equipment, efficient water use, and indoor air quality. Also find a list of criteria for selecting environmentally preferable building materials. A reference section includes a copy of EarthCraft House's thorough checklist to assist builders in designing greener homes. Indispensable for the newcomer to green building and filled with design and construction tips for experienced builders as well.

The guide is available for $50 through the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council. Order and download online.