“Redux” – an adjective that means “brought back, restored or revived.” A good word for the revival of the eremitical life, and a good concept for the construction of hermitages!
“Jennifer Roberts, the writer and green design expert that brought us Good Green Homes recently released her newest book, Redux. Green building, with its emphasis on health, energy efficiency and environmental protection, has never been more relevant than it is today. Redux unveils a particularly compelling side of eco-friendly home design: the use of salvaged and recycled materials to create distinctive homes. Redux showcases homes that span the spectrum of reuse, from places where the recycling story is behind the walls to homes that wear their salvage on their sleeves. Each chapter tells the story of a beautifully crafted home and the people who created it. A number of featured projects are eco-sensitive renovations of older houses, while others are new construction or green adaptations of structures not originally intended as homes. Redux is now available from booksellers nationwide and from Redux: Designs That Reuse, Recycle, and Reveal (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, $29.95, ISBN 1586857010).”
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“”Redux” is an adjective that means “brought back, restored or revived.” San Francisco-based green building advocate Jennifer Roberts explores the redux philosophy, illustrated by several stunning homes that were built or remodeled to be healthier to live in, easier on the environment, more energy-efficient and comfortable. They are also longer lasting than conventionally built homes, she maintains.
Excellent photography reveals 11 homes and commercial structures that have been renovated, adapted or newly constructed with the environment in mind. Roberts cites individuality, quality, beauty, visibility and romance of the past as reasons for using salvaged materials.
One Northwest project is featured, a Vancouver, B.C., development called “Koo’s Corner,” in which a 1940s auto repair shop was transformed into a small cluster of lofts and townhouses. Eighty percent of the construction and demolition waste was reused or recycled; all of the oil-soaked soil was remediated; reclaimed wood was used for flooring, stairs and cabinets; reclaimed lumber provided more than half the framing; salvaged utility poles created fences and trellises; and 50 percent of “recycled fly ash” was used in poured concrete.
Roberts praises developer Robert Brown, architect Bruce Haden and green building consultant Heather Tremain, saying: “Instead of carting Koo’s garage off to a landfill,” they created a sustainable community and preserved the property’s unique neighborhood character.
Redux’s ideas will convince anyone interested in creating a “green” home that there are vast possibilities and resources available.”
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“Author of Good Green Kitchens, Good Green Homes and Redux: Designs That Reuse, Recycle and Reveal, Jennifer Roberts is a nationally recognized expert in green buildings, green products and green living. As a freelance writer, lecturer, advisor and project manager, her passion is helping people make good green choices.
Jennifer has written about green buildings and green living for publications as varied as Dwell, Professional Builder, Body + Soul, This Old House and The Financial Times of London. She has given dozens of presentations nationally and regionally about green building and has been a guest expert on television and radio programs and websites. Her books and expertise have been featured in leading U.S. newspapers and magazines, including Time, Bon Appétit, Natural Home, The Los Angeles Times, Green Builder, ReadyMade, The Seattle Times, Natural Health, Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and Detroit Free Press.
In addition to her own writing and reporting, she works as a freelance writer, editor and editorial advisor, helping clients produce a variety of publications for technical, business and consumer audiences on topics including energy efficiency, renewable energy, green design and construction, environmentally friendly landscaping and gardening, waste reduction, green products and sustainable living.
Before embarking on a career as a freelance writer, Jennifer worked as an environmental and energy management specialist for Gap Inc. Prior to that, she helped start up San Francisco’s first environmental general stores.
Educated at Dartmouth College and Stanford University, Jennifer has a certificate in urban permaculture design and has professional accreditation from LEED, the U.S. Green Building Council program that recognizes expertise in green building practices and principles. She lives in San Francisco and the Sacramento Valley.”

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