The green building Bible is an online guide to building a sustainable green building, and it can be downloaded and read online.
Here’s how to download it and start learning.
Start by reading the book, or using a reference copy.
The Green Building Bible is written by renowned Canadian architect and environmentalist Alan Jones, and can be found online in both printed and e-book form.
The book is packed with detailed advice, including how to choose the right building materials, and how to design a home to take advantage of climate change.
The website has more than 700 chapters, with a full-colour table of contents and hundreds of photographs, so you can learn in one place.
Jones, whose Green Building Institute teaches sustainable architecture, says the book is a useful guide for building new green homes.
“This book has been the gold standard for green building in Canada since the 1960s, and continues to provide practical advice for new and established builders alike,” he said in an email.
“As a result, it has become an invaluable resource for people in green building and the sustainability sector alike.”
Create a Green Building Project.
Jones says a project can be a start to learning how to build an eco‑friendly building.
“The first step is to create a project,” he says.
“I’ve seen some projects go from an idea to a completed building in a matter of months, but the process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few years.”
Jones suggests a project start with a checklist of the project’s goals.
Then, build the project from start to finish, with each step guided by the book.
Jones recommends starting with an idea, and then moving onto building the project.
“In my experience, if a project has a lot of steps, it is more likely to fail than succeed,” he explains.
Start with your budget.
To begin building, you can select a project type, and set a budget.
“Most projects are based on budgets, but there are some exceptions,” Jones says.
For example, a home can be built on a small plot of land, and the cost of the home can vary from $25,000 to $75,000 depending on the type of home.
You can also choose to build a green house, a building with a roof made from recycled materials.
“For those projects, you will want to choose an energy-efficient roofing material and energy-saving roofing systems,” Jones explains.
Choose the right materials.
Jones also suggests choosing materials that will help to reduce carbon emissions and make the home more sustainable.
“Some materials are more environmentally friendly than others,” he notes.
“You should use materials that are not only cost effective, but also are environmentally friendly,” he adds.
For instance, wood is a good choice for the home’s roofing system, as is glass.
The same goes for stone and brick.
Jones points out that the materials used in green construction are often very different than in traditional building, so choose materials that reflect your home’s climate.
“So, for example, in traditional green building materials such as stone, you may want to avoid granite as this material is very energy intensive,” Jones notes.
Get the right permits.
The process of building an environmentally friendly green home can take months, so it’s important to have a solid project plan and get the right environmental approvals before you start building, Jones says, adding that building permits can be costly and time-consuming.
“There are also various regulatory requirements that may or may not apply in a given jurisdiction,” Jones adds.
“To help you along, we have a list of some of the key green building environmental permits in Canada and some of these requirements apply in Canada,” he writes.
“When you build a new home, you need to know what your building permit will be and how long it will be valid, so this is a key piece of the green building journey.”
Build in a different climate zone.
When building a home, Jones suggests building in the coldest climate possible, as that’s the climate where most of the building is done.
Jones suggests starting with a building that is in the south, where the cold winter months are most prevalent.
“If you are building in that climate, you must consider a building’s ability to withstand the cold and be able to accommodate large-scale climate change,” Jones suggests.
“This means making sure that the house is not located in a climate zone where a building could freeze in the summer and have no insulation.
It is important to consider that the climate of your building can change at any time and this could affect the building’s thermal performance,” Jones advises. 7.