Monday, March 9, 2009

"Green Beginnings" is going green with Eco-Libris

We're happy to announce on a new collaboration with the authors of a very special book: Green Beginnings: The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home.

We are ver
y excited about our collaboration with the authors, Avrim and Vicki Topel, as this is not only a combination of a personal story and a green guide, but also a local success story that can help many others who are wondering how they can make their homes greener, but also a local green success story - it takes place in Kennett Square, PA, which is close by to our office in Newark, DE.

This book is following the journey Avrim and Vicki had while building a new green sustainable home from scratch, one that will be eventually awarded the USGBC’s LEED Silver and Energy Star Qualified Home designations in October, 2008.

Eco-Libris will be working with the authors to plant a tree for every sold copy of the book. Also, our sticker "One tree planted for this book" (made of recycled paper) will be provided with every purchase of the book.

Here's a more detailed description of the book from its website:

Understanding just what is behind this new, alternative way of living offers along with the remarkable benefits homeowners who live in such dwellings experience and enjoy is the intent of our efforts to spread the word about green living and change the world one reader at a time. When we began our journey into building a green home we were most fortunate that we had the time to learn and the right professionals to teach us about green building. Indeed, there is much to understand to make the most of one's efforts. In hindsight and upon completing our green home, we identified the most important aspects necessary to understand before one begins a green building project.

Green Beginnings: The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home provides homeowners, architects, contractors, and engineers a common understanding of that which they are about to undertake and empowers everyone involved in a project with a common vision and language to work with. Knowledge is power, and with the shared knowledge in our book, homeowners and professionals alike will become empowered to proceed with their green and sustainable homebuilding projects with confidence and clarity.

One of the most difficult and frustrating roadblocks to understanding the concepts behind successful green homebuilding is the written style and nature of the books and publications written about green homebuilding available in the marketplace today, written in technical jargon that is difficult for the average person to understand.

Green Beginnings: The Story of How We Built Our Green & Sustainable Home is intentionally written in non-technical, plain English and targets persons with no previous construction experience. We've crafted a light, enjoyable read; a story, interspersed with lessons, in a day-by-day, step-by-step journal-like format that identifies the personalities of the participants as importantly as the action steps that result in a completed home. The book explains where and why this alternative approach to building originated, and will enlighten you with how the greater good of mankind is rewarded with each and every green and sustainable home completion occurs.

To illustrate precisely what this new construction method actually looks like, the book contains close to 100 professional photos in sequential order showing the construction process from ground-breaking until completion. And a glossary of green and sustainable construction terms and language is included as a quick reference for those terms that could hinder complete understanding of the text. Doing our best to provide the reader with the most valuable information we could come up with, we added a section of our book entitled "Reflections In Hindsight".

This portion of the book revisits our actual experience, and points out a number of areas in our homebuilding experience that we may have done differently had we had the knowledge and experience before hand. It was important to us to share these items with you, as our goal has always been to empower our readers with the most important understandings of each and every item in the entire process.

The book is not the only way Avrim and Vicki are
sharing their story and educating people about green homes. They offer 90-minute educational tours of their home (up to 5 persons by appointment only - you can find more details on this web page. And soon they will also offer also offer a documentary video featuring the professional team that designed and built the house and themselves being interviewed as they tour the completed project in retrospect and discuss and review various components and stages of the project in detail.

We will soon have a review of "Green Beginnings", followed with a giveaway of a copy of the book, so stay tuned. You can read more about the book at

Raz @ Eco-Libris

All photos of the house are from the photos gallery on the books' website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Another easy thing to do to save money and make a home more green is ensure that there aren't any gaps around doors to the outside. By caulking or weather stripping all of the doors and windows, a person can prevent a lot of air from escaping or getting in. In the winter, preventing cold air from coming in or warm air from getting out will reduce the amount of work a furnace will have to do to keep the home warm.