As we enter the second decade of the twenty-first century, the matters of industry and ecology are becoming increasingly intertwined. It has been rightfully observed that our existing built infrastructure must change to meet the demands of a growing global population and a wounded biosphere. The Good House addresses the issues within the green home building movement: the industry's past, present, and future. It tackles the LEED certification system and recognizes the builders and companies that are truly pushing the envelope. If you are tired of buzzwords like "eco-friendly," "green," and "carbon-footprint" and want to learn more about living machines, indoor food production, and life-cycle-analysis, this is the book for you.
TJ Fleming was born in Orlando, FL. He is a recent graduate of Furman University in Greenville, SC where he earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Communications. This book is a rewrite and re-edit of TJ's senior thesis, which was titled Green Building Strategies. Upon completion of undergraduate work, TJ worked as a Naturalist at Camp St. Christopher's Barrier Island Environmental Education Center. There he restarted the organic garden and taught outdoor education to Charleston's youth. TJ currently teaches middle school science at the Fourth Presbyterian School in Potomac, MD. He also works as an enologist (wine maker) at a small sustainable farm in Poolesville, MD. TJ longs to see a society where individuals are more complete and more integrated into a culture where community and love are not mere afterthoughts.