Want to build responsibly, reduce waste, and help preserve the environment? Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies is your friendly, step-by-step guide to every facet of this Earth-friendly method of construction. Building a homeeven a green homeuses plenty of resources and energy. This practical, hands-on book shows you how to build or remodel conscientiously, whether your dream home is a simple remodel or a brand-new multimillion-dollar mansion.Youll start by identifying green materials and sizing up potential systems and construction sites. Youll weigh the pros and cons of popular green building methods and identify opportunities for saving money in the long run. Need to find some green professionals to assist you in your venture? Well help you do that, too. This book will also help you discover how to:Understand the lifecycle of building materialsChoose the right system for your green building projectPut together a green teamWork within your budgetUse green building methods and sustainable systemsSpeed construction and reduce energy use and wasteRefinish old fixtures and materialsBeware of asbestos and lead-paint hazardsAvoid costly mistakesComplete with lists of ten green things to do on every project and ten things you can do right now in your home in order to go green, Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies is your one-stop guide to planning and building the home youve always wanted.