Building a Sustainable Home: Practical Green Design Choices for Your Health, Wealth, and Soul





“Every architect should read this book.” David Salmela, FAIA, winner of more than 70 architectural awards (including 8 National AIA Awards)

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“I wish I had read this book five years ago, before we started our big renovation journey! Anyone who wants a better home for themselves and their family should read this!” ―Matt Daigle, CEO, Rise

Building a Sustainable Home is an amazing resource for anyone who wants to ensure their new home will optimize their health, efficiently use their financial resources, and nourish their soul. While it’s not easy being green, this wonderful book will make the process fun, satisfying, and effective.” ―Jefffrey Hollender, Co-Founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation & Sustain Natural

“Melissa makes complex, technical and confusing information about building a sustainable and healthy home organized, understandable and truly enjoyable to read. A must read for anyone building or remodeling a home and cares about a healthy planet and a healthy home.” ― John Gabbert, Founder and CEO, Room & Board, Inc.

“When an environmentalist with a University of Chicago MBA decides to build her dream home, she weighs the health, sustainability, and economics of every detail. By mastering the US Green Building Council’s LEED scoring system, she steps us through her reasoning on each green investment decision, with a highly readable and compelling personal narrative. Who knew that triple-paned windows, toxins in paint and building materials, ground source heat pumps, native plantings, and home ventilation could be so interesting? Everyone who builds a home should read this book first.” ―Michael Noble, Executive Director, Fresh Energy

“Building and maintaining a healthy and sustainable home is an integral part of caring for ourselves, our family, and our environment. Melissa Rappaport Schifman clearly and thoughtfully walks the reader through the how’s and why’s of making environmentally responsible and healthy decisions as you build or remodel your home. Melissa’s first-hand experience with building a ‘green’ LEED-certified home, combined with her thorough, applicable research and cost analyses makes this book an essential resource for anyone embarking on a building or remodeling project.” ―Julie Burton, founder of ModernWell and author of The Self-Care Solution―A Modern Mother’s Must-Have Guide to Health and Well-Being

“Thousands of decisions go into building a house, and Melissa Rappaport Schifman makes a compelling case for choosing sustainability at every step. As my husband Dave’s childhood friend, Melissa has shared her advice and expertise with me for years. Now she’s written Building a Sustainable Home to walk you through your options in a clear and approachable way.” ―Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org

“If building a green and healthy home seems overwhelming, this book will put you at ease. Melissa outlines a common sense approach to the LEED Rating system that anyone can follow, proving you don’t need a degree in architecture and big budget to create a cost effective, healthy home.” ―Sherri Brezinka, Regional Director, West North Central Region, U.S. Green Building Council

“As someone who has worked with green building and healthy materials rating systems for much of my career, I have seen and read almost every reference book on this topic. Schifman’s unique approach to green building―accessible and not preachy―is refreshing. Industry professionals–architects, developers, engineers, and designers―would do well do read this book to gain a better understanding of the homeowners’ perspective.” ― Doug Gatlin, CEO of Green Seal, Inc.

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