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Kitchen and Bath Sustainable Design: Conservation, Materials, Practices

ISBN: 978-1-118-95765-3
240 pages
December 2014
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Description

The leading industry association's handbook for going green in the kitchen and bath

Kitchen & Bath Sustainable Design is the National Kitchen and Bath Association's complete guide to "greening" these important rooms. The first book to focus exclusively on kitchen and bath sustainability, this full color guide covers every consideration for both remodels and new construction, making it a handy reference for any kitchen and bath professional. Case studies of award-winning projects demonstrate how space, budget, and sustainability can come together to create beautiful, functional, efficient rooms, and illustrations throughout provide visual examples of the techniques discussed. The book includes information on greening one's practice for the client's benefit, plus an appendix of additional resources and instructional materials for classroom use.

Outside of general heating and cooling, kitchen appliances use the bulk of a household's energy. Kitchens and baths together use an average of 300 gallons of water per day for a family of four, and both rooms are high-use areas that require good air quality. Kitchen & Bath Sustainable Design provides a handbook to designing these rooms for sustainability, without sacrificing comfort or livability. With comprehensive guidance on approaching these rooms sustainably, readers will:

  • Communicate better with builders, clients, and potential clients
  • Understand technical considerations, and the criteria that make a design "green"
  • Conduct a full design analysis, including life cycle costing and efficiency
  • Learn the ratings systems and standards in play in the green kitchen and bath

The biggest elements of sustainable interior design—energy efficiency, water use, and materials selection—are all major players in the kitchen and bath. Clients are increasingly demanding attention to sustainability issues, and designers must be up to date on the latest guidelines, best practices, and technology. Kitchen & Bath Sustainable Design is the complete technical and practical guide to green design for the kitchen and bath professional.

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Table of Contents

PREFACExiii

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xv

CHAPTER 1 UNDERSTANDING THE NEED FOR SUSTAINABLE DESIGN  1

Triple Bottom-Line Approach 4

Designing for Benefit 11

Summary 20

Review Questions 20

CHAPTER 2 WHAT DEFINES SUSTAINABILITY? 23

Embodied Energy 24

Renewable Resources 26

Affordable Comfort Perspective 35

Summary 39

Review Questions 40

CHAPTER 3 SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION  41

The Path You Take—Beyond Code 42

Window Specification 50

Walls and Insulation 50

Heating and Cooling 60

Water Conservation and Distribution 62

Deconstruction 66

Space Planning 72

Summary 74

Review Questions 75

CHAPTER 4 INDOOR AIR QUALITY  77

Indoor Air Quality—Why Should We Care? 77

Kitchen Ventilation 86

Bathroom Ventilation 88

Makeup Air 91

Summary 103

Review Questions 103

CHAPTER 5 MATERIALS, APPLIANCES, and FIXTURES  105

Getting Started 105

Embodied Energy 112

Life Cycle Assessment 113

Materials 118

Wall Finishes 121

Sealers 134

Fixtures and Fittings 141

Water Heating and Distribution 145

Living Room Appliances 150

Summary 151

Review Questions 151

CHAPTER 6 CREATING AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN PRACTICE  153

Why Create an Environmentally Sustainable Design Practice? 153

Today’s Green Client 166

Incorporating Systems Thinking in Your Business 168

Summary 169

Review Questions 169

APPENDIX A  173

APPENDIX B  177

APPENDIX C  181

APPENDIX D  197

APPENDIX E  201

GLOSSARY  207

RESOURCES  213

INDEX  215

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Author Information

Amanda Davis, NCIDQ is Chair of the Interior Design Department at Portland Community College, and a practicing interior designer in Portland, Oregon.

Robin Rigby Fisher, CMKBD, CAPS is an instructor at Portland Community College, and principal of Robin Rigby Fisher Design. Robin also lives in Portland, Oregon.

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