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Retooling the U.S. Housing Industry: How It Got Here, Why It's Broken, How To Fix It, 1st Edition

  • Sam Rashkin
  • ISBN-10: 1111313822
  • ISBN-13: 9781111313821
  • 320 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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Overview

About the Product

The United States housing industry has suffered a crisis due to a severe drop in production. RETOOLING THE HOUSING INDUSTRY examines the five critical components of our housing industry--land development, design, home performance, production, and sales--to show your students the precise shortcomings that have contributed to the current crisis and outline steps to resolve it. RETOOLING THE HOUSING INDUSTRY presents a blueprint for rebuilding the entire industry by using the housing market as a learning moment to improve the quality of home construction. This text clarifies what makes homes work, what constitutes good design, and how to integrate those principles into new home construction. Further, the author explains why these practices and principles conflict with current industry trends. This is a must read for anyone interested in housing or a review of how a major U.S. industry got so far off-base and how it can get back on track.

Features

  • Written by a long-time industry insider and innovator with key experience in energy-efficient design.

  • Clean, clear graphics outline the author's problem-solving approach at the start of each chapter and support sound arguments throughout.

  • Chapters conclude with a summary of problems and solutions.

About the Author

Sam Rashkin

Mr. Rashkin has managed ENERGY STAR for Homes since its start in 1996. Under his leadership, ENERGY STAR for Homes has grown exponentially to more than 9,000 builder partners and over one million labeled homes. He is also overseeing an advanced technology program for elite builders called ENERGY STAR Concept Home. Mr. Rashkin received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; completed Masters of Urban Planning studies at New York University; and is a registered architect in California and New York. During his 20-plus years as a licensed architect, he specialized in energy efficient design and completed over 100 residential projects. He has served on the national Steering Committees for USGBC's LEED for Homes NAHB's Green Builder Guidelines and EPA's Water Sense label and has been on the development team for EPA's Indoor airPlus label. Sam has prepared hundreds of articles, technical papers, reports and seminars; and contributed to numerous books and websites covering a wide range of energy subjects.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Housing….It's Personal.
1. A Learning Moment Inspired by Crisis.
2. Housing Land Development: Livable Communities vs. Compounds.
3. Housing Design: Design Trumps Everything.
4. Home Performance: Why Homes Work and Fail.
5. Housing Production: It's Time to Stop Protecting Old Technologies.
6. Housing Sales: Better is Not Good Enough.
7. Recommendations: Putting it All Together.
Epilog: A Little Development in Texas.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor Resources  (ISBN-10: 1111313830 | ISBN-13: 9781111313838)

The Instructor Resource CD-ROM is an instructor resource which commonly includes PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor's Manual, and other text-specific resources.

Design-Build Essentials  (ISBN-10: 1428353038 | ISBN-13: 9781428353039)

From a leading authority in the design-build movement, this practical, multi-disciplinary guide brings you all of the fundamentals that constructors, architects, and engineers must understand in order to mitigate risks, optimize results, and be successful in the design-build arena. Design-Build Essentials is truly a design-builder’s resource. It addresses the fact that design-build requires the unique integration of both design and construction functions by featuring input from all of the various players associated with delivering a design-build project. Opening with an introduction to the industry and fundamental distinctions of design-build, the book progresses to cover managing the design-build process, the integrated design build team, and concludes with a look at the future of the industry.

Student Supplements

Design-Build Essentials  (ISBN-10: 1428353038 | ISBN-13: 9781428353039)

From a leading authority in the design-build movement, this practical, multi-disciplinary guide brings you all of the fundamentals that constructors, architects, and engineers must understand in order to mitigate risks, optimize results, and be successful in the design-build arena.Design-Build Essentials is truly a design-builder's resource, addressing the unique integration of both design and construction functions by featuring input from all of the various players associated with delivering a design-build project. Opening with an introduction to the industry and fundamental distinctions of design-build, the book progresses to cover managing the design-build process, the integrated design build team, and concludes with a look at the future of the industry.